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Seattle publishes new Q&A information on First in Time ordinance

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:13:00 -1000

On January 1, 2017, new requirements for applicants and tenant screening went into effect for properties that are located within the City of Seattle. These new requirements, referred to as “first-intime” requirements, require landlords to provide notice of their screening criteria to applicants and to offer tenancy to the first qualified applicant who provides a completed application.
Click here to access the Q&A online. 

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is responsible for administering and enforcing this ordinance. SOCR also provides technical assistance to rental housing providers. Enforcement of the first-in-time protections begins on July 1, 2017.

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses some of the most common questions about Seattle’s new First-In-Time requirements (Seattle Municipal Code 14.08). If you have a question that is not covered by this FAQ, please contact SOCR at 206-684-4500 or email them at

IMPORTANT NOTE: This FAQ should not be used as a substitute for codes and regulations. The reader is responsible for compliance with all code and rule requirements.
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