Seattle Renters' Commission

Overview

The Seattle City Council unanimously voted to establish the Seattle Renters’ Commission in March 2017. The purpose of the Seattle Renters’ Commission is to advise the Mayor and City Council on issues and policies of importance to renters citywide.

Role of the Seattle Renters’ Commission

  • Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Civil Rights, and other City departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters, including, but not limited to: housing affordability, transportation access, land use, public health and safety, and economic development.
  • Monitor the enforcement and effectiveness of legislation related to renters and renter protections, and provide periodic advice on priorities and strategies for strengthening enforcement and effectiveness of renter protections.
  • Develop and periodically amend bylaws and an annual work plan that enable the Commission to organize itself, perform its work, and advance program and policy proposals consistent with its mission.

Membership

The Seattle Renters’ Commission will consist of 15 members appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council. Six will be appointed by the City Council and six will be appointed by the Mayor. The Commission will appoint two members, and the 15th member will join the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for young adults age 18-29 in partnership with the YMCA.

Appointments will be made to ensure that varied renter perspectives are represented, including renters from historically underrepresented groups, such as low income renters, LGBTQ renters, immigrant renters, renters with felony records, those paying rent with assistance, and renters who have experienced homelessness.

Timeline

  • April 3: Application available
  • May 1: Application window closes at 5pm
  • May: Application review and candidate interviews. Applicants are notified regarding selection decisions
  • June 21 (tentative): Appointment recommendations presented to the City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee
  • June 26 (tentative): Final confirmation vote by full City Council
  • Early July – first commission meeting

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Contact

For further information about the Seattle Renters’ Commission, contact Seferiana Day at Seferiana.Day@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8806.