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Record No: CB 120071    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120071
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 5/24/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126347
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to commercial tenancies; amending Ordinance 126066.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Signed Ordinance 126347
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to commercial tenancies; amending Ordinance 126066.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle adopted Ordinance 126066 in April 2020 in recognition of the significant hardships felt by small businesses and not-for-profit organizations due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency; and
WHEREAS, Ordinance 126066 required property owners to negotiate payment plans with their commercial and not-for-profit tenants who were not able to pay rent on time due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency; and
WHEREAS, some business and not-for-profit tenants are being threatened with eviction either because their landlords have not agreed to a payment plan or because late payment of rent is grounds for eviction under a lease; and
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to support existing small businesses and nonprofits who were forced to close due to the state of emergency; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle has a heightened interest in preventing more small businesses from closing permanently; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 4 of Ordinance 126066 is amended as follows:
Section 4.
A. A small business or nonprofit tenant that fails to pay rent when due during or within six months after the termination of the civil emergency proclaimed by Mayor Durkan on March 3, 2020, may elect to pay its overdue rent in installments during that period on a payment schedule.
B. A written installment payment schedule shall be negotiated between the lessor and the small business or nonprofit for the payment of rent in arrears, provided that 1) the repayment schedule may not require the small business or nonprofit to pay, in addition to rent due for the month or period, more than 1/3 of late rent within any month or period following the month or period for which full rent was not paid unless agreed by the tenant, and 2) rent in arrears sha...

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