Source Of Income Protection

Seattle's alternative source of income protections makes it illegal to discriminate against tenants using alternative sources of income like social security benefits to pay for rent. You cannot deny an applicant or treat a tenant differently because their income comes from sources other than wages from a job, like aged, blind, or disabled cash assistance, child support, pension or temporary assistance for needy families (TANF).

Often, tenants must make three times the rent for an apartment. If you used this equation, you must subtract subsidies from the monthly rent and include all sources of income when adding it up.

If you have questions about how to comply with discrimination laws, contact the Seattle Office for Civil Rights for technical assistance. 

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