On February 7, 2012, the Redmond City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in rental housing on the basis of participation in the Section 8 program. Redmond’s ordinance joins the rank of similar laws in Seattle, Bellevue, and unincorporated King County. The ordinance makes it unlawful for any property owner in Redmond to deny a prospective tenant solely on the basis of the tenant’s utilization of the Section 8 program for rent payments. The Council acknowledged that access to afforable housing is, “consistently identified as the greatest barrier to families and individuals being able to build rebuild a solid foundation.” The ordinance goes into effect five days after passage and publication of an approved summary. Read the full text of the ordinance here.
The Tenants Union of Washington was a key player in the passage of the Redmond ordinance. Read the TU’s article on the victory in Redmond here.