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City of Seattle
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NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle City Council to vote on rental housing inspection legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/28/2012  4:14:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lisa Herbold, Councilmember Licata’s office, 206-684-8803

Dana Robinson Slote  (206) 615-0061


Councilmember Nick Licata


Seattle City Council to vote on rental housing inspection legislation


Seattle – On Monday, October 1, the Seattle City Council will cast the final vote on Council Bill 117569, rental housing registration and inspection legislation, a program that has been discussed since early 2010.

WHAT:
Final vote on rental housing inspection legislation

WHEN:
Monday, October 1, 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers, Second Floor
600 Fourth Ave, Seattle 98104

WHO:
Members of the Seattle City Council

For a summary of elements of the program, visit http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Compliance/RentalHousing/Overview/default.asp.

Councilmember Licata said about Monday’s vote, “I’m glad that the Council has agreed to knit together an approach of making safe the housing that we know now is not safe and inspecting – over the next 10 years – the rest of the city’s rental housing. In this we can significantly improve the condition of unsafe rental housing.”

Legislation background

In June 2010, the Seattle City Council adopted Ordinance 123311, creating a rental housing registration and inspection program. At the same time, the Council also adopted Resolution 31221, requesting that the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) convene a stakeholder group and report back with recommendations for implementing the rental housing registration and inspection  program.

The Stakeholder Group met 14 times between December, 2010 and January, 2012, resulting in a series of recommendations on the scope of a rental housing program.  The current legislation passed out of the City Council’s Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee after eight committee meetings on September 26, 2012 with a vote 4-0.

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