Seattle's Source of Income Protections & First-in-Time

On September 19, 2016, new legislation went into effect that expands fair housing protections for renters who use alternative sources of income and subsidies to pay for housing costs. These protections also prohibit the use of preferred employer programs and outline new "first-in-time" requirements for screening and offering tenancy to prospective renters. 

First-In-Time Provision: On December 16, 2016, Seattle City Council passed CB 118881. This amendment delays the enforcement of the first-in-time provisions until July 1, 2017 and exempts the first-in-time provision from applying to accessory dwelling units or detached accessory dwelling units when the owner of the property maintains a permanent residence on the same lot.

Public Question and Answer Events

Questions about the City of Seattle's new "source of income" protections, Deposits and Move-In Fees Ordinance and other laws on renting in Seattle?

Plan to attend either of two free public events to learn about these laws and get answers to your questions:
Thursday, May 25, 10 am to 12 noon in the Community Hall at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
Thursday, July 27, 10 am to 12 noon in the New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Frequently Asked Questions: First-in-Time Requirements for Seattle's Open Housing Ordinance, SMC 14.08

For more information, please call 206-684-4500. This information is available in other formats on request for people with disabilities. Language assistance services also are available on request.