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First In Time Lawsuit Filed by Landlords Receives Its Day in Court

First In Time Lawsuit Filed by Landlords Receives Its Day in Court – Summary Judgment Hearing 2/24/2018 – RHAwa.org William Shadbolt          |    RHAWA Board President Edited by Sean Flynn   |    RHAWA Board Past President On Friday, February 23, Judge Suzanne Parisien heard oral argument in the First In Time […]

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AG’s sweep uncovers illegal housing discrimination against veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb 27 2018 Eight companies providing housing in five Washington counties stop discriminating as a result of AGO enforcement action OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today the completion of a sweep to crack down on illegal housing discrimination against veterans with disabilities, resulting in enforcement action against eight companies across […]

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What landlords need to know about Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing law

The City of Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing law became effective this week on Monday, February 19, 23018. This new law makes it unlawful for landlords who are renting property in the city limits of Seattle to inquire about an applicant’s criminal history. There are a few exceptions outlined below in ‘ordinance does not apply to‘. […]

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Legislative update: Last day to read in committee reports

With less than two weeks remaining in the 2018 legislative session, we may only see one bill pass into law – HB 1570 Increase in auditor filing fees to expand access to homeless housing. Legislative_Update-2-23-18 February 23, 2018 Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record […]

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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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