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August 8, 2016 Council Adopts Tenant Protection Legislation, Bans Discrimination Based on Income Source
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information from Seattle City Council

The Seattle City Council unanimously adopted comprehensive tenant protection legislation today that was sponsored by District 1 Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

Currently it is illegal to discriminate against a prospective renter whose primary source of income is a Section 8 voucher. The legislation adopted today expands that legal protection to include people who receive alternate sources of income such as a pension, Social Security, unemployment, child support or any other governmental or non-profit subsidy. It also creates a new First- come, First-served screening process that will seek to help address discrimination in housing across all protected classes.

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According to the Seattle’s Renting Crisis Report from the Washington Community Action Network, “48% of individuals who pay for rent with Social Security Disability Insurance or Social Security retirement income said that discrimination prevents them from having successful rental applications.”

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