Leasing FAQ – Liberty Bank Building
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Leasing FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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?

Per the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, SMC 14.09-
“The landlord is prohibited from requiring disclosure, asking about, rejecting an applicant, or taking an adverse action based on any arrest record, conviction record, or criminal history, except for registry information as described in subsections 14.09.025.A.3, 14.09.025.A.4, and 14.09.025.A.5, and subject to the exclusions and legal requirements in Section 14.09.115.”

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 apartment before I am accepted?

Now that the building is complete, yes. For reference, see these floor plans.

 

Can I select a particular apartment within the building?

Apartments are available as openings occur.

 

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 an apartment?

Income minimums and maximums vary depending on apartment availability. The income limits at the Liberty Bank Building range between 30% 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?

All questions regarding the Liberty Bank Building should be directed to site staff at (206) 204-3800.

 

These documents may help answer some of your questions:

Eligibility and Screening Criteria

What to Bring When You Apply

Individual Assessment Process