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File #: 2019-0407    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 10/2/2019 In control: Community, Health and Housing Services Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to tenant protections; adding new sections to K.C.C. chapter 16.03 and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 16.
Sponsors: Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Larry Gossett, Girmay Zahilay
Indexes: Housing
Code sections: 16 - ., 16.03 -
Attachments: 1. 2019-0407 and 2019-0423 SR Just Cause Evictions and Tenant Relocation Assistance Pilot, 2. ATT_4_Seattle and WA Landlord Tenant Laws, 3. 2019-0407 SR Just Cause Evictions, 4. Acknowledge-Letter-2019-S-905
Staff: Fathi, Sahar
Drafter
Clerk 09/26/2019
Title
AN ORDINANCE relating to tenant protections; adding new sections to K.C.C. chapter 16.03 and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 16.
Body
SECTION 1. Findings:
A. King County established the regional affordable housing task force in 2017 through Motion 14873. The task force's charge was to develop a recommended countywide affordable housing strategy.
B. The regional affordable housing task force released its Final Report and Recommendations in December 2018, and the King County council declared through Motion 15372 that recommendations contained therein represent the policy of the council.
C. The regional affordable housing task force's report included Census data that showed that more than one hundred twenty-four thousand low-income households in King County are severely cost burdened. Of these, eighty-eight percent, or one hundred nine thousand seven hundred households, earn fifty percent or less of AMI, meaning the country's poorest residents struggle most with housing costs. The report found that communities of color and renters are disproportionately likely to be severely cost burdened, paying more than half of their income toward housing costs. The report also included a recommended strategy of adopting ordinances to expand tenant protection and provide implementation support.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KING COUNTY:
NEW SECTION. SECTION 2. There is hereby added to K.C.C. chapter 16.03 a new section to read as follows:
Owner: one or more persons, jointly or severally, in whom is vested:
A. All or any part of the legal title to property; or
B. All or part of the beneficial ownership, and a right to present use and enjoyment of the property.
NEW SECTION. SECTION 3. There is hereby added to K.C.C. chapter 16.03 a new section to read as follows:
Rental agreement: all agreements that establish or modify the terms, conditions, rules, regulations or any other provisions concerning the use and occupancy...

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