Seattle Renters' Commission

The City of Seattle is committed to equitable engagement and inclusion with a commitment to create communities of opportunity for everyone, regardless of race or means. To that end, in March 2017, the city established the Seattle Renters' Commission (Ordinance No. 125280) to represent diverse renter voices across the city. Its purpose is to provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters.

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Learn about the Seattle Renters' Commission's role in supporting the creation of the Seattle Social Housing Developer, a Public Development Authority that will develop, acquire, and maintain public, affordable housing in Seattle.

Role of the Seattle Renters' Commission

  • Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Civil Rights, and other City departments concerning issues and policies affecting renters, including, but not limited to: housing affordability, transportation access, land use, public health and safety, and economic development.
  • Monitor the enforcement and effectiveness of legislation related to renters and renter protections, and provide periodic advice on priorities and strategies for strengthening enforcement and effectiveness of renter protections.
  • Develop and periodically amend bylaws and an annual work plan that enable the Commission to organize itself, perform its work, and advance program and policy proposals consistent with its mission.


The Seattle Renters' Commission consists of 15 members appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council. Six are appointed by the City Council and six are appointed by the Mayor. The Commission appoints two members, and the 15th member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for young adults ages 18-29 in partnership with the YMCA.

Appointments are made to ensure that varied renter perspectives are represented, including renters from historically underrepresented groups, such as low-income renters, LGBTQ renters, immigrant renters, renters with felony records, those paying rent with assistance, and renters who have experienced homelessness.

By-Laws and Procedures

Seattle Renters' Commission By-Laws *Updated September 2018

Seattle Renters' Commission Norms, Rules, and Procedures *Updated April 2019

Work Plans

Seattle Renters' Commission 2019 Work Plan

Seattle Renters' Commission 2018 Work Plan

Statements from the Commission

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter in Support of the Rent Control Rally

Seattle Renters' Commission Urges City of Seattle to Pass Ordinance Removing Practice of Credit Checks for Rental Applications

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter Endorsing Cancel Rent and Mortgages WA

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on Recent Actions of Seattle Police Department

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on Eviction Forgiveness

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on ORCA for All

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on Emergency Moratorium on Evictions During Winter

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on Just Cause Eviction Protection

Seattle Renters' Commission urges City of Seattle to pass Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) reform

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on Passing Rent Control to Seattle

Seattle Renters' Commission Letter on 180-day Rent Increase Notice

Seattle Renters' Commission: Seattle should build affordable housing at Fort Lawton as quickly as possible

Seattle Renters' Commission Budget Recommendations

Seattle Renters' Commission response to Commissioner Sherry Collier's resignation

Seattle Renters' Commission urges City Council to pass Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)


Jenifer Chao, Interim Director
Address: 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649
Phone: (206) 684-0464
Fax: (206) 233-5142

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