Management Resources

The Seattle Office of Housing offers resources and technical assistance on a variety of property and asset management topics.

View a list of Office of Housing Asset Manager contact information and project assignments.

The Housing Preservation Guide is a "road map" for assessing the needs of individual affordable housing properties and entire portfolios, as well as developing workable plans for preserving that housing. Hard copies of the Housing Preservation Guide come with a CD with sample documents that are not included within the PDF available above. Download the sample documents individually below:

In the City of Seattle it is illegal to discriminate in the rental of housing due to Race, Color, Ancestry, Sex, Disability, Creed, Religion, Age, Retaliation, National origin, Marital status, Political ideology, Parental status, Sexual orientation, Gender identity, Use of a service animal, Use of a Section 8, Certificate, Military status, or veteran status. The City of Seattle and US Department of Housing and Urban Development require fair housing posters be displayed in building lobbies, community rooms or leasing offices - wherever tenants and applicants can best see them. More information about fair housing laws, including resources for property managers, is available on the Seattle Office for Civil Rights website.

The City encourages the utilization of women- and minority-owned businesses (WMBEs) for the construction and other contracted services. Visit the State WMBE directory and the City of Seattle vendor directory to search for WMBE contractors. During construction, project sponsors must submit monthly WMBE reports providing data on the contractors and consultants working on the project:

Selecting a Tenant Screening Agency:  Guideline for criminal records reports for housing applicants

The Seattle Office of Housing's new guideline, Selecting a Tenant Screening Agencyis intended to assist housing organizations when they contract for screening services. Its purpose is to produce high-quality screening reports consistent with state and federal law and best practices. OH developed the guideline with assistance of housing organizations and tenant advocates participating in the Criminal Histories and Housing work group dedicated to increasing access to housing for people with criminal records.


Criminal Records and Housing Learning Sessions

The Office of Housing, working with affordable housing providers and tenant advocates, has designed and presented several educational sessions about housing for people with criminal records. This work is ongoing. Additional sessions may be planned as housing organizations examine admissions policies and procedures in light of large and growing number of individuals and families with a criminal record who need an affordable, stable place to live.

Criminal Records and Barriers to Housing

Many people with criminal records struggle to find housing and employment. As a community, we know that providing stable housing helps prevent recidivism, promotes family reunification, and is key to ending homelessness. At the same time, individual housing owners must be concerned with safety of residents and staff, protection of property, and fair treatment of all applicants for housing. These resources cover the national and local context of mass incarceration and racial disparities, provide insights about criminal records and screening reports, and discuss practical ways housing providers can assess their own application policies and procedures. The materials are intended for both organization management and asset/property management staff-anyone involved in admissions policies.

Housing Applicants with Criminal Records - Fair Housing Requirements and Best Practices for Individual Assessment

The following resources explore admissions policies related to criminal records and include information from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights on fair housing requirements. Topics for discussion include individualized tenant assessment and how to respond to a discrimination complaint, including examples from several housing organizations and a demonstration of software used by several affordable housing providers to assist in tracking applicant and tenant information, helping to ensure clear documentation and procedures.

Selecting a Tenant Screening Agency: Guideline for criminal records reports for housing applicants 
The Seattle Office of Housing's new guideline, Selecting a Tenant Screening Agency, is intended to assist housing organizations when they contract for screening services. Its purpose is to produce high-quality screening reports consistent with state and federal law and best practices. OH developed the guideline with assistance of housing organizations and tenant advocates participating in the Criminal Histories and Housing work group dedicated to increasing access to housing for people with criminal records. The guideline will be presented at the Housing Development Consortium's Assessment Management/ Property Management affinity group meeting. At the meeting, housing providers and legal experts will answer questions about criminal records and recent changes in tenant screening. 

Managing bed bug infestations is a growing problem in Seattle's housing facilities and is impacting management and operating expenses in Office of Housing funded properties. Developing a plan and utilizing available resources are vital steps in controlling infestation problems and associated expenses. For more on bed bugs, download "All you need to know about Bed Bug Beddy."

Bed Bug Fact Sheet - Public Health Seattle & King County