Numerous Seattle retail employees complained that it was unaffordable to rent in the city before the City Council approved raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and locked in requirements to post work schedules at least two weeks in advance.
In the aftermath, California and Oregon have approved legal rental caps and Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant is a vociferous proponent of adopting Seattle rent controls though Washington State state has prohibited it the past 30 years.
That doesn’t mean it will be approved, but there is more discussion about rent control in Seattle. The debate pits some proponents of rent controls with other lawmakers who favor creating financial incentives for contractors to control costs by building more apartments.
The online news site Crosscut recently explored the subject here.