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The Seattle City Council approved legislation to hold landlords responsible for rental housing inspections.

Under the program landlords would be required to register their properties and pay for inspections.

I have great hopes that this program will improve the conditions of renters living in substandard housing. A similar program in Los Angeles has resulted in a $1.3 billion re-investment in the City's rental housing stock while costing tenants in LA less than $13 year, said Councilmember Nick Licata, Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee Chair.

Many landlords say those costs will be passed on to tenants.

Housing advocates say 5-10 percent of Seattle's 42,000 rental units are believed to be unsafe.

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