Landlords will be limited in screening tenants based on criminal records, under an ordinance the Seattle City Council approved in August. When taking applications, they will be barred from asking about records. And in choosing tenants, they will be barred from rejecting people due to their records.
The only people who may be denied rental housing will be those listed on sex-offender registries because of adult convictions, and landlords denying housing to such people will still need to demonstrate a legitimate business reason for doing so.
Landlords renting part of their own homes and sharing a kitchen or bathroom with a tenant will be exempt, as will primary leaseholders given the authority by landlords to choose roommates.