Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wall Street Journal: Seattle's New Ordinance will Freeze Needy Families out of the Rental Market

In an editorial published earlier this week, the Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal harshly criticized Seattle's recently enacted winter evictions ban.

The ban puts a stop to nearly all evictions from December 1 to March 1. Unless a landlord is willing to take a renter to court (for example, to prove that they are dealing drugs or committing crimes on-site) the landlord has to prove that the activity has "a detrimental impact or constitutes an imminent threat to the health or safety of other tenants or the property owner." Or otherwise, as the editorial board quipped, "--wait until it's warmer."

Subscribers to the Wall Street Journal can read the entire article here.

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