Leasing FAQ – Liberty Bank Building
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Leasing FAQ


What information should I have ready before I apply?

You will be expected to bring documents that demonstrate how much money you make as well as the value of any of your assets. A full list of items to have ready when you apply can be found online in a document called What to bring when you apply


How much does it cost to apply?

As part of the application process we will run a background check. Background screening fees are $52 per person, over the age of 18 in your household.


What are the credit requirements?

We do not look at your credit score when considering your application. However, we do look at your rental history, including rent and utility payments.


I have a criminal history or poor rental history, is that a problem?

Poor rental history or a criminal record do not necessarily disqualify you from housing with Capitol Hill Housing. If you do not meet our rental housing policy standard, you may request an Individual Assessment (IA) of your criminal history, rental history, mortgage history or references. This IA will be conducted by a blind panel of staff to make a final determination of eligibility.

Learn more about our IA process online.


What are you looking for on the criminal background check?

We screen for people who are listed on the sex offender registry for a conviction that occurred when the person was an adult. We also screen for people who have been convicted of the manufacture or production of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing.


Will leaving multiple messages improve my chances?

No. Please leave just one message. Leaving multiple messages will not improve your chances and will only slow down the process.


Will I get to see the unit before I am accepted?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the large number of applicants and the construction timeline for the building you will not be able to view the unit in person.


Can I select a particular unit within the building?

We cannot guarantee any particular unit, but we will do our best to accommodate requests. Any requests for special features or needs in the apartment that are related to a disability must be verified by a healthcare provider or other qualified source.  


What if I want a larger or smaller apartment than what is offered to me?

Liberty Bank Building will consist of 25 studios, 68 one-bedroom apartments and 15 two-bedroom apartments. We will do our best to accommodate requests; however, due to the limited number of varying size apartments available, our ability to accommodate these requests will be limited.


I was deemed ineligible in the screening process, but I think there has been a mistake. What can I do?

Our appeal process is outlined in your denial letter. Appeals must be submitted in writing. Unfortunately, we cannot hold an apartment while a decision is appealed.


How much money do I need to make to qualify for a unit?

All apartments at Liberty Bank Building have income minimums and maximums you must make to qualify for the building.

  • 18 apartments will be available to households earning less than or equal to 30% of the Area Median Income
  • 10 apartments will be available to households earning less than or equal to 50% of the Area Median Income
  • 86 apartments will be available to households earning less than or equal to 60% of the Area Median Income

There is no waitlist for this project. All vacancies will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.


If I am approved to live at the Liberty Bank Building, when should I give notice to my landlord?

Once you have a scheduled a move-in date, you should check with your current landlord about the appropriate time to give notice. Do not give notice before you have a scheduled move-in date.


Is the building only for African-Americans?

All are welcome to apply to live at Liberty Bank Building. Though the building itself will honor the history of Liberty Bank and the African-American community, anyone who meets our minimum screening criteria is welcome to call Liberty Bank Building home. CHH follows all applicable Seattle and Washington State Landlord Tenant laws, Fair Housing laws and ADA laws. All applicants will be treated equally without regard to race, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class status.


I have more questions, who can I contact?

We have set up a specific phone line to handle questions related to leasing at Liberty Bank Building: (206) 375-2099. Please note that during November nearly all of our staff will be busy processing applications, so it may take us a little while to get back to you.

These documents may help answer some of your questions:

Eligibility and Screening Criteria

What to Bring When You Apply

Individual Assessment Process