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To protect tenants from unreasonable and excessive rents, to protect tenants from involuntary displacement, to keep rent within the City at a moderate level and ensure a just and reasonable return to landlords this ordinance: establishes maximum allowable rents; stipulates the conditions under which a tenant may be evicted (just cause eviction standards); stipulates maintenance standards of rental units. This ordinance further requires landlords to register rental units, provide tenants with notification that the rental unit is subject to the provisions of this ordinance, and pay interest on tenant's security deposit.
This chart demonstrates trends in income and housing costs over time. It allows users to specify demographic groups of interest and illustrates that, while wages have risen generally over the past half century, housing costs have outpaced this growth and now account for a greater proportion of workers' income than before. By allowing users to specify demographic and job sector parameters of interest, this chart demonstrates the way in which housing costs have risen at a disproportionately high rate for some racial groups as compared to others and how job sectors interact with that trend.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread unemployment, millions of Americans are facing eviction, or are taking on unsustainable debt, dipping into savings, and cutting food and medications to afford rent. The federal government must make housing policy central to any COVID-19 relief package; this involves instituting a national eviction moratorium that bars evictions and foreclosures, forgiving rent for all renters, and mortgage payments for all homeowners, affordable housing providers, and small landlords, allocating rental relief payments to small landlords and affordable housing providers who comply with renter protections, and more, till the end of the pandemic.
An executive order directing City departments to further extend their actions to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and to mitigate the impact of the public health emergency on the people of Seattle.
An executive order extending Section 1 of the Twelfth Supplement to the Proclamation imposing protections for residential tenants, including a temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by residential tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and a temporary moratorium on attempts to recover possession of residential units.
Renters are often first and worst hit as housing prices rise, displacement and natural disasters worsen and affordable places to live become scarce. In response to these challenges, cities and advocates are accelerating implementation of tenant and renter protections: policies that legally protect renters and tenants from unlawful eviction, mistreatment, uninhabitable homes, and skyrocketing rents to provide a level of housing security. This report provides a range of strategies that can be implemented across the country to enhance protection for renters.
This study compares the performance of residential and commercial property sales near fixed-guideway stations with areas without public transit access between 2012 and 2016 in seven regions: Boston; Eugene, Oregon; Hartford, Connecticut; Los Angeles; Minneapolis–St. Paul; Phoenix; and Seattle. Results show that in the seven regions analyzed, residential properties in proximity to public transit performed better than properties farther from public transit, generating higher property values. Additionally, people living near fixed-guideway public transportation have lower annual transportation costs and have access to a greater number of jobs within a 30-minute commute, along with connections to more destinations. This report supports the further expansion of public transit services, along with appropriate land use policies, as a means of propelling development and housing opportunities.
Rent control and just-cause eviction policies are essential to stabilizing communities, and protecting low-income and working-class people from unaffordable rents, poor housing conditions, and no-cause evictions. The goal of this report is to investigate and challenge common arguments against rent control and just-cause evictions, particularly the misinformation that threatens the implementation of these policies. This report studies cases in Berkeley, Santa Monica, and Richmond to assess the effects of policy implementation.
This ordinance creates the Commission on Human Rights that can refer complaints of discrimination in housing to administrative law judges employed by the county. The Commission staff enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in housing through investigations, conciliation, mediation, or hearings.
This ordinance adds three protected classes (gender identity, genetic identity, citizenship status) and expands three protected classes (family status, social security and domestic partners). This means that Madison residents are entitled to equal opportunities in employment, housing, public accommodations and city facilities without being discriminated against based on membership in any of these classes. These are in addition to already established protected classes in Madison such as age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, etc. In addition this ordinance protects credit history under employment.