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Record No: CB 118516    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118516
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/5/2015
Ordinance No: Ord 124882
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the provision of tenant relocation assistance to displaced tenants; establishing requirements for residential tenancies; establishing regulations about penalties and the issuance of building permits for violators of the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance; amending Sections 7.24.030, 7.24.050, 10.09.085, 22.210.030, 22.210.140, 22.210.150, and 22.210.180 of the Seattle Municipal Code and adding a new Section 22.210.136; amending Section 106.6.3 of the 2012 Seattle Building Code; and amending Section R105.6.3 of the 2012 Seattle Residential Code.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien, Nick Licata
Attachments: 1. Proposed Amendment (10/5/15)
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo (updated; 9/28/15), 3. Memo Attachment A (9/29/15), 4. Proposed Amendments (9/29/15), 5. Signed Ord 124882
CITY OF SEATTLE
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the provision of tenant relocation assistance to displaced tenants; establishing requirements for residential tenancies; establishing regulations about penalties and the issuance of building permits for violators of the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance; amending Sections 7.24.030, 7.24.050, 10.09.085, 22.210.030, 22.210.140, 22.210.150, and 22.210.180 of the Seattle Municipal Code and adding a new Section 22.210.136; amending Section 106.6.3 of the 2012 Seattle Building Code; and amending Section R105.6.3 of the 2012 Seattle Residential Code.
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WHEREAS, RCW 59.18.440 authorizes any municipal corporation required to develop a comprehensive plan under RCW 36.70A.040(1) to enact a program providing reasonable relocation assistance to tenants earning 50 percent or less of Area Median Income (AMI), upon the demolition, substantial rehabilitation, or change of use of residential property, or upon the removal of use restrictions in an assisted-housing development; and
WHEREAS, in 1990, The City of Seattle (City) passed the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance (TRAO) because of the difficulty for low-income persons who are displaced by demolition, change of use, substantial rehabilitation, or removal of use restrictions from assisted housing to locate affordable substitute rental housing, and who also do not have sufficient time to save money for relocation costs or to find comparable housing when they are evicted as a result of such displacement; and
WHEREAS, since 2004, under the TRAO 1,325 low-income households have been assisted with relocation funds and time to move; and
WHEREAS, RCW 59.18.140 allows for a change in the amount of rent to become effective with 30 days written notice to each affected tenant upon completion of the term of the rental agreement; and
WHEREAS, TRAO does not provide for assistance or additional notice when tenan...

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