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

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:52:00 -1000

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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