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The cost of affordable housing: Can you close the gap?

The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out? There is not enough affordable housing in the United States. For every 100 extremely low income households, there are only 29 adequate, affordable, and available rental units. That means two parents who both work minimum-wage jobs might ... Continue Reading →

Summary of three Seattle ordinances passed in the last three months and one proposed ordinance to limit move-in cost

Seattle developers required to build or fund affordable housing Posted on August 22, 2016 by LandlordSolutions The Seattle City Council on Monday passed the basic framework for new rules that will require apartment and condo developers to build or fund ... Continue Reading →

Seattle developers required to build or fund affordable housing

The Seattle City Council on Monday passed the basic framework for new rules that will require apartment and condo developers to build or fund housing that members of the working class can afford. The measure passed 8-0 but developers won’t ... Continue Reading →

Seattle’s new first-come, first-serve tenant screening rule

Seattle is apparently breaking new ground by requiring landlords in the city to rent their housing units to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Effective January 1, 2017. Officials say they’re unaware of any other U.S. city with a ... Continue Reading →

Lakewood approved rental housing inspections

Following a year and a half of discussion and community input, the Lakewood City Council adopted a Rental Housing Safety Program on Aug. 1, 2016. The City will now work on the program’s implementation. A new chapter of the Lakewood ... Continue Reading →

Is Seattle a rent or owner city?

In the most recent data for 2014, rentals made up nearly 55 percent of city dwellings. But most Seattle residents still live in owned homes — about 25,000 more than live in rentals. Has Seattle become a majority-renter city? That ... Continue Reading →

Do you agree that rental housing inspections are discriminatory?

FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. (CB4) – When a rental home inspector and two Federal Heights police officers showed up at Ernie DeHerrera’s rental home last Thursday for a mandatory inspection of his property for potential health and safety violations, the former ... Continue Reading →

Is your tenant using your rental on Airbnb without your permission?

There is a lot of controversy concerning Airbnb. Some landlords love it and others have gone through lawsuits over it. AirBnb has certainly disrupted the hotel and rental industry, so its important landlords understand how to protect themselves. One of ... Continue Reading →