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Record No: CB 120173    Version: Council Bill No: CB 120173
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/27/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126451
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to relocation assistance for economically displaced tenants; requiring the payment of economic displacement relocation assistance to households that are vacating a housing unit after receiving notice of a rent increase of ten percent or more or of less than ten percent where the cumulative effect for the household's tenancy is ten percent or more; and adding a new Chapter 22.212 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Kshama Sawant
Attachments: 1. Mayor's Letter on Returning Bill Unsigned
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att A - Economic Displacement Relocation Assistance Program, 3. Summary Att B - Projected Cost Estimate for New Economic Displacement Relocation Assistance Program, 4. Central Staff Memo (9/21/21), 5. Amendment 1 (added 9/22/21), 6. Proposed Amendment 1, 7. Proposed Amendment 2
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to relocation assistance for economically displaced tenants; requiring the payment of economic displacement relocation assistance to households that are vacating a housing unit after receiving notice of a rent increase of ten percent or more or of less than ten percent where the cumulative effect for the household's tenancy is ten percent or more; and adding a new Chapter 22.212 to the Seattle Municipal Code.

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WHEREAS, rent increases may cause many households to move due to their inability to pay the higher rent; and
WHEREAS, rents in Seattle have been increasing rapidly and vacancies in affordable rental housing are at low levels, making it increasingly difficult for many households to locate rental housing; and
WHEREAS, before moving into a rental unit, landlords typically require that households pay some type of security deposit and other move-in fees; and
WHEREAS, these conditions in the rental market have created a relocation crisis because many households do not have sufficient resources to save money to cover moving expenses; and
WHEREAS, providing economic displacement relocation assistance to households who move following a rent increase of ten percent or more will help households obtain replacement housing and mitigate the impact of the rent increase on the relocation crisis; and
WHEREAS, the Council finds that this ordinance will protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the general public; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. This ordinance is adopted pursuant to the City's police power authority granted by Article 11, section 11 of the Washington State Constitution, and not pursuant to RCW 59.18.440 or other law.
Section 2. A new Chapter 22.212 is added to the Seattle Municipal Code as follows:
CHAPTER 22.212 ECONOMIC DISPLACEMENT RELOCATION ASSISTANCE - RENT INCREASE
22.212....

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