Hunt & Associates P.C.

Apr 3, 2018

A Court Holds Seattle’s First in Time Ordinance for Tenants to Be Unconstitutional

In 2016 Seattle adopted an ordinance known as the “First-in-Time” (“FIT”) law requiring landlords to accept the first prospective tenant who applied and met certain pre-established standards.  The announced purpose was to eradicate implicit or unconscious bias in the selection of tenants by depriving landlords of any discretion in their choice among qualified applicants.  The ordinance required each landlord to post written notice of all criteria used in qualifying applicants as tenants both in hard … Read more

Jan 11, 2012

Seattle Gets a Spanking When it Plays with Guns

Like most children, cities and other local government bodies often forget that they lack innate authority to enact laws; that the only authority they have to enact laws and levy taxes is the authority which their superiors, the state constitution or legislature, grant to them. Also like children, cities and local government bodies often try to evade the limits set by their superiors and, when caught in the act, expend enormous amounts of effort … Read more