Friday morning the Council will once again take up the proposed head tax, this time offering and voting on specific amendments. While we can expect some last-minute amendments, several have already been posted online. Here’s what will be up for consideration.
This morning, two landlords and the Rental Housing Association of Washington filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court challenging the City of Seattle’s “Fair Chance Housing” tenant-protection ordinance that prohibits the use of criminal records in selecting tenants.
Today the City of Seattle published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for its proposed redevelopment of the Fort Lawton property in Magnolia.
Today King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien issued a ruling striking down the city’s “first in time” tenant protection ordinance.
A couple of weeks ago I reported that the Council was considering placing a moratorium on rental auction platforms such as Rentberry and Biddwell. This morning, a bill to do just that was voted out of committee.
Early last week, Council member Kshama Sawant turned her committee hearing into a political rally to demand that the Council overturn the Human Services Department’s RFP results and restore funding for organizations that lost funding, most notably SHARE, WHEEL, The Women’s Referral Service, and an Urban Rest Stop. After some behind-the-scenes shuttle diplomacy by Council member Teresa Mosqueda, the Council did that very thing this afternoon.
First the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance allowing Uber drivers to unionize, to try to address issues with compensation and conditions for drivers. Then last fall it passed an ordinance limiting AirBnB rentals, to try to stop short-term rentals from bleeding off badly-needed units from the local housing market. Now it has a new target: rental housing auction platforms such as Rentberry and Biddwell.
As a result of the City Council passing new regulations on short-term rentals, the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections has published updated rules, including interpretations of the new ordinance. You may be surprised by a few of the rules.
This morning the Progressive Revenue Task Force held its second meeting, the first with substantive discussions of the issues. There were some important insights that help clarify the picture of the need — and the possible ways to address it.
(updated 1/19/18 10:00am — the city provided updated slides with corrections for bad data and incorrect math)