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Rental Housing Inspection Program Victory
Enjoy this video of the dynamic stories and leadership of TU members, and please support YOUR Tenants Union by making a gift or becoming a member.
Victory! After a 5 year campaign — and almost 20 years for the TU — the City Council unanimously voted in the Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance, a bill that will dramatically shift the power imbalance between landlords and tenants and hold the slumlords in our community accountable.
Want to learn more about what the law means to you as a Seattle tenant? Follow this link to read how it will effect your tenancy.
See news coverage here:
- Seattle Times: Seattle City Council OKs registration, inspection of rentals
- Slog: City Council Passes New Rules for Landlords
Thank you to all tenants who wrote letters and testified in favor of this important legislation, and to all advocates who fought for this bill! This is a tremendous victory for tenants.
Tenants speak out to win safe housing and landlord accountability in Seattle
The Tenants Union is working to win healthy homes for renters and basic licensing requirements for landlords in Seattle. Councilmember Nick Licata is taking a stand for renters with a proposal for proactive inspections that ensure all units in the City are up to basic health and safety standards. Licata listened closely to Tenants Union members and organizers while crafting the proposal. TU tenant leaders Flora Ybarra, Corey Snelson, Melissa Harry and many others courageously brought their experiences directly to City Council members and the media to win protections for all Seattle renters.
- KING 5 News: Seattle considering random inspections for rental properties
- KOMO News Story: Proposed plan aims to strengthen renters’ protection in Seattle
- Publicola Article: Licata Proposes Universal Rental-Housing Inspection
- The Stranger Article: High Costs of Low Rent: Group Tries to Hold Slumlords Accountable
- Councilmember Nick Licata’s Blog Urban Politics: Milestones