Renton City Council looks to create rental inspections program

1. March 2017 10:45 by Admin
Safe and Healthy Housing in Renton - Registration of Residential Rental Units in Renton
 
Renton city staff has taken up the issue of mandatory licensing and inspections of rental property in the city of Renton. Current drafts of legislation have tie-ins to "Safe and Healthy Housing" - a not-for-profit organization with political ambitions of its own - and would require rental units meet minimum safety and environmental health standards. See the attached documents for specifics of the proposal.
 
Property owners who are landlords would be required to obtain a business license and register residential units available for rent in the City of Renton. Residential rental units would be inspected and certified as meeting standards for safety and health.
 
A public meeting will is being held to discuss the proposed Safe and Healthy Housing Program. RHAWA strongly encourages all members who own rental housing in the city of Renton to attend and share your concerns and opposition with staff and electeds in attendance.
 
When: Thursday, March 2nd - 3 - 5 pm 
Where: Renton City Hall; 1055 S Grady Way;
Renton City Council Chambers; 7th Floor

The public is welcome to attend this meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, but have questions or comments you may address them to Elizabeth Higgins, Senior Planner at ehiggins@rentonwa.gov; to CED, Renton City Hall, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton WA 98057; and/or 425-430-6581.

Safe and Healthy Housing in Renton Public Meeting.pdf (213.05 kb)

Safe and Healthy Housing Program Exhibit A 2.9.2017.pdf (434.44 kb)

Safe and Healthy Housing Program Exhibit B 2.9.2017.pdf (143.26 kb)

Safe and Healthy Housing Program Exhibit C 2.9.2017.pdf (205.34 kb)

Safe and Healthy Housing Program Exhibit D 2.9.2017.pdf (207.91 kb)

Safe and Healty Housing Program Summary 2.9.2017.pdf (213.29 kb)

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March 2017 10:45

Seattle publishes new Q&A information on First in Time ordinance

2. February 2017 07:13 by Admin
On January 1, 2017, new requirements for applicants and tenant screening went into effect for properties that are located within the City of Seattle. These new requirements, referred to as “first-intime” requirements, require landlords to provide notice of their screening criteria to applicants and to offer tenancy to the first qualified applicant who provides a completed application.
 
Click here to access the Q&A online. 

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is responsible for administering and enforcing this ordinance. SOCR also provides technical assistance to rental housing providers. Enforcement of the first-in-time protections begins on July 1, 2017.

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses some of the most common questions about Seattle’s new First-In-Time requirements (Seattle Municipal Code 14.08). If you have a question that is not covered by this FAQ, please contact SOCR at 206-684-4500 or email them at discrimination@seattle.gov.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This FAQ should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The reader is responsible for compliance with all code and rule requirements.

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February 2017 07:13

Criminals next in line to be "protected" from landlords?

23. January 2017 09:52 by Admin

Seattle's Office of Civil Rights is close to pushing forward its proposal to create what amounts to a protected class status for individuals with arrest and conviction records when applying for rental housing. Not included in the details here, but discussed is the possibility of anti-bias training for landlords being added to this process.

Mayor Ed Murray is expected to receive a final version of the draft by mid-February.

Included in the proposal are restrictions which would prohibit landlords from:
- Inquiring about, nor carrying out, an adverse action against an applicant because of an arrest record belonging to the applicant or a member of their household.
- Inquiring about, nor carrying out, an adverse action against an applicant because of any conviction records belonging to the applicant or a member of their household which are more than two years beyond the date of final disposition.
- Carrying out an adverse action based on a conviction record of prospective occupant, tenant, or members of their household, unless the person has a legitimate business reason.

Click on the document attachment below to read the full draft proposal.

FairChanceHousingORD_v1_1-20-2017.pdf (243.28 kb)

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January 2017 09:52