SeaTac Adopts Tenant Protections

Posted By: Ryan Makinster Advocacy News,

On April 11, the Seatac City Council passed Ordinance #23-1009 which added most of the tenant protections contained in the “ARCH” proposal.  There were a number of amendments, with 5 being adopted.  The specifics:

  • 120 day notice for 3% increase, 180 day notice for 8% increase
  • Move-in fees capped at one months rent
    • Payable as installments
  • Rental due date adjustment due to income source timing
  • Removed two “just cause” types (No longer can be used as just cause)
    • The tenant habitually fails to pay rent when due which causes the owner to notify the 14 tenant in writing of late rent four or more times in a 12-month period
    • The tenant habitually fails to comply with the material terms of the rental agreement 19 which causes the owner to serve a 10-day notice to comply or vacate three or more times 20 in a 12-month period
  • Cannot deny someone because they don’t have a social security number
    • Someone that has a social security number must provide it
  • Must stop eviction proceedings if there is an agreed to payment plan or the past due is paid

The effective date is May 17, 2023. An action alert will go out to affected members once the clerk’s office provides the final amended version of the ordinance.