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Record No: CB 119621    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119621
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/30/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125954
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to termination of residential rental tenancies; requiring compliance with the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance before issuing notices to terminate a tenancy; and amending Sections 22.206.160 and 22.214.075 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 termination of residential rental tenancies; requiring compliance with the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance before issuing notices to terminate a tenancy; and amending Sections 22.206.160 and 22.214.075 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
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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, landlords must be in compliance with the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordnance in order to rent any residential unit; and
WHEREAS, landlords must be in compliance with the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordnance in order to complete an eviction; and
WHEREAS, compliance with the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance before beginning the eviction process provides more opportunity to remedy habitability or other compliance issues; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 22.206.160 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125343, is amended as follows:
22.206.160 Duties of owners
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C. Just cause eviction
1. Pursuant to provisions of the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18.290), owners may not evict residential tenants without a court order, which can be issued by a court only after the tenant has an opportunity in a show cause hearing to contest the eviction (RCW 59.18.380). Owners of housing units shall not evict or attempt to evict any tenant, or otherwise terminate or attempt to terminate the tenancy of any tenant, unless the owner can prove in court that just cause exists. Owners may not evict residential te...

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