Fair Housing

What Is It?

Icon of person in wheelchair in front of apartment building.In Seattle it is illegal to discriminate in the rental or sale of housing because of:

  • Race, color, national origin, or ancestry
  • Sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • Age
  • Disability or use of a service animal
  • Religion or creed
  • Retaliation
  • Alternative sources of income
  • Use of a Section 8 certificate or other subsidy programs
  • Marital status
  • Political ideology
  • Parental status
  • Military status or veteran
  • Criminal history

Rules to Follow

Fair housing rules require that landlords or property managers:

  • Accept inquiries from all applicants
  • Apply fair and equitable criteria when evaluating applications
  • Enforce rules equally and without discrimination
  • Set rents, deposits, and fees without discrimination
  • Respond to repair requests and other tenant concerns equally
  • Provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities

Read the Code