Ruling against Seattle law hurts renters, advocates say

By allowing landlords to “go with their gut,” the ruling restores opportunities for discrimination, said Merf Ehman, of Columbia Legal Services, calling for the city to appeal.

News Story (Washington)

Daniel Beekman
Seattle Times
March 30, 2018

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Columbia Legal Services (Washington State)


A judge’s ruling against Seattle’s first-come, first-served law for renters means a harder time finding housing for people who tend to be discriminated against, say supporters of the law who are reeling from the decision.

“We’re very disappointed in the ruling and hope there’s an appeal,” said Merf Ehman, executive director of Columbia Legal Services, which pushed for the City Council to adopt the law in 2016.