New pandemic-era law caps rental backpay installments to 1/3 of rent in Seattle

The new law comes about two months after the city’s eviction moratorium was allowed to expire.

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council passed another ordinance Tuesday, changing the rules for landlords collecting late rent from tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ordinance, put forth by Councilmember Dan Strauss, adjusts previous measures put into place by the council in the early days of the pandemic.

The new rules require landlords to cap repayment installments at one-third of the tenant’s rent, offer a “reasonable schedule” for the tenant to pay back what rent they owe and expand the rent covered to include not only the

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