Like most landlords, SHA screens rental applicants.
- To be considered suitable, you must be able to pay rent when due, take care of the unit, and live peacefully with your neighbors.
- SHA examines housing history, credit history, employment.
- SHA also examines criminal history for SHA’s federally subsidized housing1, consistent with federal requirements and does not automatically ban persons with criminal history. SHA will review and consider each applicant’s criminal history on a case-by-case basis.
- SHA’s federally subsidized housing1 is exempt from the City of Seattle’s First in Time Ordinance requirement that landlords rent to the first person who submits a complete housing application.
- The City of Seattle requires all landlords to inform applicants that the landlord is prohibited from taking an adverse action against a tenant based on eviction history occurring during or within six months after the end of the civil emergency proclaimed by Mayor Jenny Durkan on March 3, 2020, and that the Seattle Office for Civil Rights is the department that will enforce any violations of this ordinance. For low-income public housing applicants, this prohibition may be superseded by federal law and US Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations in some circumstances.
Citizenship and immigration status
- You do not need to be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
- However, for federally subsidized housing1, at the time of move-in at least one household member must either be a U.S. citizen or have eligible immigration status. Full assistance is provided to households where every member has eligible citizenship status. Pro-rated assistance is provided to households with at least one eligible member. Your immigration eligibility will be verified after you are contacted about a vacancy. Learn more about how citizenship and immigration status affects assistance.
Tipically housing that is not federally subsidized1 does not have citizenship or immigration status requirements.
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1Federally assisted housing includes: Low Income Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers (project-based and tenant-based), most Seattle Senior Housing Program.