An article in today’s Seattle Times discusses a proposal aimed at booting drug dealers from their properties. Some folks in the CD have long complained about known drug houses (mostly rentals) and how hard it’s been to get the occupants out, despite the fact that everyone knows what the occupants are up to. Does the city of Seattle have a similar ordinance? What’s the best way for neighbors to discreetly get the proper authorities to take action against known drug houses? (yes, we know police cannot make an arrest unless they see the crime occur).
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn has proposed an ordinance aimed at helping landlords remove drug dealers from their properties and levy fines against those who willfully ignore criminal activity at their rentals.
The proposed “Safer Neighborhoods Ordinance” has bipartisan support in the council and was crafted with the support and assistance of the King County Sheriff’s Office and the Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound, Dunn said at a news conference Thursday.
Under the proposed ordinance, the Sheriff’s Office would notify landlords each time deputies are called to a rental property in connection with certain kinds of serious criminal activities.
Once a landlord has received three separate offense reports about tenants suspected of committing drug or sex crimes within a six-month period, a landlord would be required to take steps to curtail the illegal activity or face financial penalties.