- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has passed new legislation that some say is the most progressive tenant protections in the country.

KCPQ-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2vW0vDg ) that the rules passed on Monday say that landlords can no longer check a person’s criminal history.

Proponents of the new rules say it’s a second chance for people who have paid their debt to society. Landlords fear it ties their hands and creates safety concerns for their residents.

This isn’t the first time Seattle lawmakers have tried to make renting easier for people. The city already requires landlords to accept new tenants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Landlords are suing the city over that law, claiming it is unconstitutional.

During Monday’s council meeting, the audience roared when the new legislation was approved unanimously.


Information from: KCPQ-TV, https://q13fox.com/

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