Tacoma City Council considers Just Cause Ordinance

Tacoma City Council appears headed down the same road as Seattle in its effort to make operating rental property as difficult as possible for independent rental housing owners. Tenant advocates have the attention of Council and Tacoma landlords must make their voices heard to let them know that these laws won’t help renters, and will restrict your ability to work with renters to find fair compromise when issues arise during tenancy.

Other requirements drafted by City staff for tenant protections include:

  • 60-day notice requirement for rent increases
  • 60-day notice requirements for termination of tenancy
  • Relocation assistance ordinance which requires owners to host in-person meetings with tenants
  • Move-In Fee Installment Payments
  • Requirement that owners inform tenants of any code violations at the property within the past 12 months – even if caused by the tenant
  • Requirement that owners provide an “information for tenants” packet to renters

4 Responses to “Tacoma City Council considers Just Cause Ordinance”

  1. Monika Mathisen August 7, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    My month to month contracts are very popular with my tenants. They are usually young and like to have flexibility. They waive their deposit if they move before a year is up, but they leave with a good reference and we part friends. I’ve only had one bad tenant in ten years.
    If required to give 60 days notice to raise rent, I will raise the rent like clockwork, whereas now, I raise it rarely.
    I’ve only allowed a tenant to make payments regarding movevin costs once, and, sure enough, they never paid their rent on time. If I am required to allow a tenant to do that, instead of allowing tenants with poor credit, I will make sure only tenants will credit scores above 700 will move in.
    The tenants who I allowed to make payments to move in complained about their newly remodeled house almost weekly, asking for repairs that were cosmetic or unnecessary. It was nonstop. I ended up selling the house after owning it for only three months. The new owners removed the tenants and moved into the house themselves.

  2. John Arbeeny August 7, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    Washington’s Residential Landlord Tenant Act has all the provisions necessary to govern the relationship between landlords and tenants. We don’t need additional layers of government (county/city) to take care of a problem that doesn’t exist or for which there is already legal remedy. Just who do you think is going to pay for all these “protections”? Not the landlord; the tenants will. The tougher you make it on landlords the less affordable housing becomes and the greater your homeless population becomes. Maybe that’s the plan all along: then you can raise millions in taxes to deal with the homeless problem government is largely responsible for creating! Just how many people on Tacoma’s Council have any experience as a landlord? Maybe you should try it first with your own money before you hit the rest of us with unnecessary and onerous rules and regulations.

  3. Sharon Walls August 8, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    I , for the life of me, cannot understand what this council is thinking!
    Bad tenants get an additional 60 days to destroy my rental?! Relocation meetings with bad tenants?! It took me 3 months to get a disgusting tenant out. My home was
    totally wasted. And I mean wasted. The toilets were full to overflowing and you want me to meet with people like this?!! Are you all crazy. I will never let a tenant is again
    unless they have full deposit and full rent. I’ve done this twice, much to my regret.
    I would love to relocate at least 2 of my previous tenants to the council members
    homes and or neighborhoods. Do you people never consider the consequences of
    the rules you promote?! I use to be a very understanding landlord. Now my rules are
    firm. Pay your fees and rent on time or move on!

  4. Sharon Walls August 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    If and when any of these rules are passed, I will notify my renters that their rent has just gone up by $100.00 due to the additional cost in money and time to me (the landlord) as demanded by The Tacoma City Council. This a city that was established as a democratic institution….NOT a socialist institution. It scares me that this council
    is a follow the leader (Seattle) council and not a leader council.

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