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Seattle Landlords – State Supreme Court rules "First In Time" is Constitutional

November 25, 2019

Controversial Rental Ordinance Ruled to be Constitutional.
Thrown out at the county level, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Seattle’s “First in Time” (FIT) ordinance is constitutionally legal.


The “First In Time” ordinance states that Seattle landlords will be required to:
• post all minimum rental criteria
• subject applicants to only the posted criteria
• and rent to the first person who applied and satisfies those criteria
The ordinance is believed to be the first of it’s kind in the country & is largely experimental.


It’s just another example of poor housing reforms that remove basic freedoms for property owners and replace them with burdensome rental policies.

While there may still be future appeals our advice to Seattle landlords is to treat the new ordinances as effective immediately.
View "First in Time" official court file

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