In a move that is expected to increase pressure on Seattle landlords, the city announced Monday that it will no longer accept applications for rental apartments in the city.
The move was announced by the mayor, who was joined by Seattle Housing and Community Development Secretary Dan Saltzman and City Council President Tim Burgess.
The move is expected in the next few weeks.
The city announced the new rules on its website.
The rules are based on a 2015 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that found Seattle’s rules limiting rent hikes to a maximum of two months a year violated federal antitrust laws.
The ruling has been used as a legal precedent for other cities, including New York City, which recently banned landlords from raising rents above the federal guideline for a minimum of three months a years.
Seattle has not been a leader in enforcing antitrust laws, and the city has resisted efforts to regulate rent increases.
In the last two years, the mayor and his administration have said they would not allow rent hikes on existing properties unless the city made a determination about whether they were needed.
The city said it would use that information to determine whether it was in the public interest to allow landlords to raise rents on existing buildings.
The decision came as Seattle was trying to reduce the number of new apartments being built on the city’s waterfront.
Seattle’s new rental vacancy rate, as reported by the real estate website Zillow, is currently 6.5 percent, up from 4.6 percent last year.
Seattle also recently implemented a one-year moratorium on new apartments on its waterfront, and in May the city approved a rent increase for all new units on its buildings that are not already on the market.