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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City receives $3.48 million owed by the Sisleys

8/19/2015  3:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

The City Attorney’s Office has received $3.48 million to satisfy the penalties owed on four properties owned by slumlords Hugh and Martha Sisley whose housing code violations have plagued the Roosevelt neighborhood for decades.

Two checks cover four separate judgments levied in King County Superior Court on multiple lawsuits brought by the City on behalf of the City’s Department of Planning and Development. Attorneys for the Sisleys fought the City at every judicial level in the state, from Seattle Municipal Court to King County Superior Court to the Washington Court of Appeals to the Washington Supreme Court.

“Our success in bringing this long-term scofflaw in compliance with municipal laws will be used with other property owners who flout City codes,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said Wednesday. “We adjusted our enforcement strategy to break the Sisleys’ economic model and show that the rules apply to everyone. All corners of City government came together to not only bring the Sisley properties into compliance but also to try to make up for past harms.”

The City has been litigating with the Sisleys over the penalties since 2008, continuing through this year. The Roosevelt Development Group (RDG) provided the funding to pay the penalties. The City does not know what agreement for repayment has been entered into between RDG, and the Sisleys and their daughter Karen Jandacka.

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