Fair Housing

Fair Housing

In Seattle it is illegal to discriminate in the rental or sale of housing because of:

  • National origin
  • Marital status
  • Political ideology
  • Parental status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Use of a service animal
  • Use of a Section 8 certificate or other subsidy programs
  • Military status or veteran

Property managers demonstrate fair housing by:

  • Gladly receiving inquiries from all.
  • Applying fair and equitable criteria when evaluating applicants.
  • Enforcing rules equally and without discrimination.
  • Setting rents, deposits and fees without discrimination.
  • Responding to repair requests and other tenant concerns equally.
  • Providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.

If you believe you have been discriminated against:

Inside Seattle, Contact:
City of Seattle
Office for Civil Rights
810 Third Avenue, Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104-1627
206-684-4503 TTY

Outside Seattle, Contact:
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
909 First Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104-1000
206-220-5185 TTY

Fair Housing Resources


Seattle Fair Housing Poster (Open Housing)

Source of Income and First-in-Time Protections

Seattle's Open Housing Ordinance - SMC 14.08  

CB 118755 - Source of Income Protections

CB 118881 - First-in-Time Provision

Rules: Source of Income Protections & First-in-Time

Frequently Asked Questions: Alternative Source of Income, Subsidies, and Preferred Employer Programs

Frequently Asked Questions: First-in-Time (to be posted 1/17)

Presentation: Source of Income Protections & First-in-Time (PDF) 

For Renters and Property Managers

Fair Housing and People With Disabilities

Domestic Violence and Your Housing Rights

Fair Housing Guide For Renters and Home Buyers

For Housing Providers

Sample Policies