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The Wall Street Journal: Seattle and the State Supreme Court Wage War on Property Rights

January 31, 2020 I By ETHAN BLEVINS

Landlords are forced to rent to the first person who walks in—even if he has a criminal record.

Affordable-housing shortages are an abiding challenge for cities around the nation. But often policies meant to alleviate the problem aggravate it instead. That’s certainly the case in Seattle, where the City Council imposed a pair of ordinances aimed at restricting property owners’ right to choose their tenants.

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