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Record No: CB 118817    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118817
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 12/16/2016
Ordinance No: Ord 125222
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to residential rental properties; amending Sections 7.24.020, 7.24.030, 7.24.040, 7.24.050, 7.24.060, 7.24.070, and 7.24.080 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); adding new Sections 7.24.035, 7.24.036, 7.24.038, 7.24.110, 7.24.120, 7.24.130, 7.24.140, 7.24.150, 7.24.160, 7.24.170, 7.24.180, 7.24.190, 7.24.200, and 7.24.210 to the SMC; and repealing Section 7.24.090 of the SMC; all to limit the amount of security deposits and non-refundable move-in fees, to allow residential tenants to pay security deposits, non-refundable move-in fees, and last month's rent in installments, and to establish enforcement provisions for Chapter 7.24.
Sponsors: Kshama Sawant
Attachments: 1. Proposed Amendment
Supporting documents: 1. Proposed Herbold Amendment (added; 12/13/16), 2. Summary and Fiscal Note, 3. Central Staff Memo - (11/22/2016), 4. Proposed Amendments - Attachments 1-6, 5. Modification to amendment 1 (added; 12/1/16), 6. Modification to amendment 2 (added; 12/1/16), 7. Amendment 7 (added; 12/1/16), 8. Previous Amendment 1 - (10/17/2016), 9. Previous Amendment 2 - (10/17/2016), 10. Previous Amendments 1 - (9/28/2016), 11. Previous Central Staff Memo - (9/28/2016), 12. Seattles Renting Crisis - WCAN Report, 13. Move-In Fee Infographic, 14. Signed Ord 125222, 15. Clerk File 320087, 16. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to residential rental properties; amending Sections 7.24.020, 7.24.030, 7.24.040, 7.24.050, 7.24.060, 7.24.070, and 7.24.080 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); adding new Sections 7.24.035, 7.24.036, 7.24.038, 7.24.110, 7.24.120, 7.24.130, 7.24.140, 7.24.150, 7.24.160, 7.24.170, 7.24.180, 7.24.190, 7.24.200, and 7.24.210 to the SMC; and repealing Section 7.24.090 of the SMC; all to limit the amount of security deposits and non-refundable move-in fees, to allow residential tenants to pay security deposits, non-refundable move-in fees, and last month's rent in installments, and to establish enforcement provisions for Chapter 7.24.
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WHEREAS, before moving into a rental unit, landlords typically require that tenants pay some type of security deposit to ensure that the tenant will comply with certain provisions of the rental agreement, such as payment for damage to the dwelling unit or cleaning the unit when the tenant vacates the unit; and
WHEREAS, before moving into a rental unit, landlords sometimes also require payment of non-refundable fees such as fees for tenant screening reports or cleaning; and
WHEREAS, before moving into a rental unit, landlords typically require that tenants prepay the last month's rent; and
WHEREAS, rents in Seattle have been increasing rapidly and vacancies in rental housing are at low levels, making it increasingly difficult for tenants, especially those with limited finances, to obtain rental housing; and
WHEREAS, rent increases may cause a tenant to move due to inability to pay the increased rent; and
WHEREAS, these conditions in the rental market have created a relocation crisis, because tenants, especially those with limited finances, may be unable to save money to pay security deposits, non-refundable move-in fees, and last month's rent; and
WHEREAS, payment of security deposits, nonrefundable move-in fees, and last month'...

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