First Lawsuit for the New First In Time Ordinance

The Seattle Times reports the first lawsuit to Seattle’s new landlord / tenant ordinance.  We have heard rumors of several more to follow from other individuals and organizations.   It will be interesting to see how this all plays out:

The landlords say the new policy violates their right to rent property in a nondiscriminatory manner to the people they choose at the price they choose.

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Some Seattle landlords are suing over the city’s new policy requiring them to choose among qualified renters on a first-come, first-served basis.

The landlords say the policy — believed to be the first of its kind in the nation — violates their right to rent property in a nondiscriminatory manner to the people they choose at the price they choose.

Their King County Superior Court lawsuit says the policy violates the state constitution and seeks a permanent injunction to bar the city from enforcing it.

“Each of the plaintiffs has suffered immediate and ongoing harm because the city appropriated their constitutionally-protected right to choose whom they will house and work with in these often-lengthy and interpersonal landlord-tenant relationships,” says the lawsuit filed Thursday.

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