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Legislative Update: Two bills scheduled for hearings next week

Next Monday, January 22 @ 3:30 pm, House Committee on Appropriations will hear HB 1570 which would increase recording fees up to $90.00. Next Tuesday, January 23 @ 10 am, the House Judiciary Committee will hear HB 2583 which would end the State’s ban on rent control and allow cities to enact rent control.   We […]

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Legislative Update – Rent Control hearing January 18 at 1:30 PM

Legislative_Update 1-17-18 Scheduled hearing on Rent Control January 18, 2018 at 1:30 PM.  

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5 Reasons Rent Control Doesn’t Work

Decreases Housing Supply Housing units are lost from the supply when rent control is put in place. Developers will choose to build de-controlled new homes, condominiums, office buildings, or simply not to build at all, investing their funds elsewhere. Decreases Low Income Tenants Low-income tenants—including students, elderly, and disabled persons, and those receiving public assistance—have […]

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Rent Control – Bad for tenants

Rent control—proof bad policy ideas die hard Rent Control Position Paper Rеnt соntrоl rеduсеѕ thе inсеntivеѕ to build nеw араrtmеntѕ by reducing thе аmоunt оf money that саn bе соllесtеd frоm current and apartments. Thiѕ is rаthеr оbviоuѕ, fоr ѕоmеоnе whо wants tо build an араrtmеnt, if that unit will bе rеnt соntrоllеd, thаt means […]

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Seattle rents dropped 2.9%

Seattle-area renters are finally getting some relief after rents dropped significantly for the first time this decade. It’s still no picnic out there, though, and analysts are buzzing about what will happen next. Click on the map for area-by-area details on what the rents are and how they’ve changed. In neighborhoods in and around downtown […]

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Seattle Fair Chance Housing Law effective February 19, 2019

Fair Chance Housing Legislation In August 2017, the City of Seattle passed Fair Chance Housing legislation to help prevent discrimination in housing against renters with a past criminal record. The new ordinance prevents landlords from unfairly denying applicants housing based on criminal history. It also prohibits the use of advertising language that automatically or categorically […]

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2018 Day on the Hill and Legislative Update

Legislative_Update 1-16-18 Join NARPM, RHA and other housing associations on January 31, 2018, in Olympia to discuss and educate lawmakers on the critical role multifamily housing plays in housing our neighbors in Washington State.  At Day on the Hill, you’ll meet with the elected officials that represent you in your home district and discuss with […]

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2018 Court holidays

New Year’s Day January 1, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15, 2018 President’s Day February 19, 2018 Memorial Day May 28, 2018 Independence Day July 4, 2018 Labor Day September 3, 2018 Veteran’s Day November 12, 2018 Thanksgiving Day November 22, 2018 Day after Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2018 Christmas Day December 25, […]

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New restrictions on Airbnb operators in Seattle

New regulations take effect January 1, 2019. With rents and home prices rising and affordable housing in short supply, Seattle can’t afford to lose permanent units, council members said. New Airbnb operators in Seattle will not be able to rent out more than two units on the popular short-term rental platform under new rules passed […]

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2018 Tacoma – HUD Fair Market Rents for 2018.

2018 Tacoma – HUD Fair Market Rents for 2018. The difference in rent is important because it is based on the CPI which is also used when in rent control and it doesn’t keep pace with market rate rent. Who will make up the difference of rent between HUD FMR and market rate rent? Click […]

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