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Facing rental crisis, Seattle creates a renters’ commission to explore new laws

The Harvard House (foreground) is much older and better priced than its newer neighbor.  Older apartment buildings in Seattle typically are more spacious and rent for less than their newer counterparts.

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to create the 15-member board, which could begin meeting this summer to talk about pushing laws to help cope with soaring rents and displacement, among other concerns.

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