The Washington State Supreme Court recently upheld the Seattle First in Time law. Landlords had challenged the law as unconstitutional. A trial court struck down the First in Time law, but the Supreme Court overturned the trial court and upheld the law.
Seattle residential landlords must post their rental criteria and documentation needed for each criterion. Landlords must note the date and time they receive rental applications and must accept the first qualified applicant. The applicant has 48 hours to accept the lease.
There are certain exemptions for properties in which the landlord also resides.
This short summary is not a substitute for legal advice.