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Record No: CB 119620    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119620
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/30/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125953
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to residential rent payments; requiring receipts and non-electronic payment options; and amending Section 7.24.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Attachments: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note
Supporting documents: 1. Director’s Report, 2. Presentation, 3. Signed Ordinance 125953
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to residential rent payments; requiring receipts and non-electronic payment options; and amending Section 7.24.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, the rental relationship between landlords and tenants requires clear communication and documentation of transactions, including payment of rent; 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, disputes about rent payment are one cause of eviction proceedings; and
WHEREAS, requirements for payment of rent through electronic banking can place a burden and cost on tenants; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 7.24.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125558, is amended as follows:
7.24.030 Rental agreement requirements
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E. Any rental agreement entered into after ((the effective date of the ordinance introduced as Council Bill 118817)) January 15, 2017 shall describe the terms and conditions of any monthly or periodic payments required as a condition of tenancy, including but not limited to: rent, security deposits, non-refundable move-in fee, last month's rent, utility payments, parking fees, late fees authorized by the rental agreement, or other monthly or periodic payments required to be made by the tenant to the landlord. When any monthly or periodic payment is made pursuant to the rental agreement, the landlord shall first apply the payment to the rent due before applying it to other payments due by the tenant to the landlord, except that if the payment is made in response to a ...

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