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Record No: CB 119619    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119619
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/30/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125952
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to notices to residential rental tenants; requiring certain notices to contain a reference to City landlord-tenant information and resources; and amending Section 22.206.180 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Attachments: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note
Supporting documents: 1. Director’s Report, 2. Presentation
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to notices to residential rental tenants; requiring certain notices to contain a reference to City landlord-tenant information and resources; and amending Section 22.206.180 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, the rental relationship between landlords and tenants requires clear communication and knowledge of rights and responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, in September 2018, the Seattle Women's Commission and the King County Bar Association jointly published Losing Home: The Human Cost of Eviction in Seattle, finding that families who are evicted face material hardships that make it more difficult to secure safe and affordable housing and that the most disadvantaged groups face the highest likelihood of eviction; and
WHEREAS, lack of information on tenant rights, responsibilities, and supportive resources may increase the likelihood of an eviction; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 22.206.180 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125054, is amended as follows:
22.206.180 Prohibited acts by owners
Except as otherwise specifically required or allowed by this Title 22 or by the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, chapter 59.18 RCW, it is unlawful for any owner to:
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K. Issue a notice to terminate tenancy, increase housing costs, or enter a unit unless that notice contains a reference on how to access information on the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords. The reference language on the notices shall be adopted by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections by rule.
Section 2. If any section or subsection of the Seattle Municipal Code affected by this ordinance is amended by ordinance without reference to amendments made by this ordinance, each ordinance shall be given effect to the extent that the amendments do not conflict in purpos...

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