Our Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance requires developers to pay relocation assistance to low-income tenants who must move because their rental will:
Our Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance advances the tenant protection and access goals of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).
As a property or developer, you must get a Tenant Relocation License if your project meets the criteria listed above. The license covers all tenants in your building. Only your low-income tenants receive relocation assistance of $3,490.00. You pay half of that amount and the City of Seattle pays the other half. The income thresholds for relocation assistance eligibility are:
|Household Size||50% of Area Median Income*|
* 50% AMI published by HUD, effective Jan. 1 2015
We will not issue a master use, construction, demolition, or change of use permit for a property where tenants will be required to move until a Tenant Relocation License is issued.
You cannot raise the rent in order to avoid applying for a Tenant Relocation License.
Procedures and timelines:
The Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance applies only to tenant housing affected by construction, demolition, and other development. Other types of relocation assistance for tenants apply in different circumstances (see the common question page about tenant relocation).
We do not require a landlord to pay relocation assistance to a tenant who moves out because of a rent increase or who is evicted as a result of a court order in a legal eviction action.
Read the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) section about the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, SMC 22.210.