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New Seattle law seeks to reduce housing discrimination

Apartment buildings in the University District, Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott
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Apartment buildings in the University District, Seattle.

Bill Radke speaks with reporter Heidi Groover of The Stranger about a new law Seattle City Council passed unanimously Monday targeting housing discrimination.

The new law specifically addresses discrimination based on income source, meaning landlords would be penalized for rejecting potential tenants if some or all of their income came from sources such as Social Security or veterans benefits. It would also prevent landlords from offering so-called move-in deals where employees from certain companies get discounts and perks. 

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