Criminals are essentially a protected class in the City of Seattle. The City Council has recently passed legislation that prevents landlords from considering criminal backgrounds when screening for tenancy. This is a huge concern for our industry. Details PM will continue to monitor this situation and keep discussing this issue with our local and state representatives.
It will be interesting to see the unintended consequences for tenants in Seattle. With increased requirements and government pressure on landlords, some may just opt to to exit the housing industry all together which will further decrease the supply of available housing. Another option will see landlords tighten up their screening criteria to offset this mandated increased risk which will make it more difficult for tenants to find housing.