Some quick hits from this morning’s Council Briefing, mostly about new legislation about to be introduced.
Filed under “adventures in legal sausage-making…”
The Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee began deliberation on an ordinance that would modify the city’s housing code to provide additional protections for tenants against discrimination by landlords, and especially based on the source(s) of income being used to pay the rent. But it quickly turned into a messy — and possibly intractable — endeavor.
In any free market system, scarcity creates power, and power leads to abuse. Seattle is experiencing that now with the rental housing market, and City Hall is taking steps to stop the worst of those abuses by limiting housing discrimination.