Excerpted from thestranger.com, by Heidi Groover

Landlords should not be able to refuse potential renters only because they have a criminal record, Seattle city leaders say, and in coming months they’ll pursue legislation to stop the practice.

Labeling the proposal “Fair Chance Housing,” Mayor Ed Murray announced on June 21 he would send legislation to the city council restricting how landlords can consider prospective tenants’ criminal histories.

The law would operate similarly to the city’s existing “Ban the Box” employment law, which limits how employers can consider the criminal histories of job applicants and requires that they give applicants the chance to explain their record.

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