Seattle Bans Criminal History For Rental Applications
Criminal histories are the gift that keep on giving. From embarrassment to loss of job to losing the ability to travel internationally, even simple misdemeanors can cause havoc years and years after the case is over. It’s why I get called a lot about vacating misdemeanors and felonies.
Seattle, recognizing this issue and its intersection with their homeless crisis, unanimously passed a new ordinance forbidding the use of criminal histories in rental applications. For Seattle residents that are scared of living next to ne’er-do-well’s, the article points out there is no relationship between criminal history and tenant violations (and if someone committed a serious violent felony, they are probably still in prison).
I applaud this ordinance as a common-sense response to the criminal history problem. Even people who have made a mistake deserve a place to live.
If you or someone you know is being charged with a crime or needs to clear up some records, feel free to give me a call.