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New Law: Source of Income – Part 1 – Effective today, June 7, 2018

The first of two parts of the Source of Income law become effective today – June 7, 2018. Beginning today landlords who rent to low-income tenants using a housing subsidy program or voucher are eligible for reimbursements from the State Landlord Mitigation Fund.   WHAT IS THE STATE LANDLORD MITIGATION FUND? The program is designed to […]

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Seattle’s First in Time overturned

A long awaited and needed victory for Seattle landlords yesterday, March 28, 2018, when Judge Parisien overturned Seattle’s First in Time (FIT) law saying the “FIT rule does not “directly or materially” advance the City’s interest in preventing discrimination because it precludes the use of landlord discretion.” The judges ruling is effective immediately. Landlords are […]

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HB 1570: Passed into law – effective June 7, 2018

Concerning access to homeless housing and assistance. Governor signed HB 1570 on March  15, 2018 to be effective on June 7, 2018. An additional surcharge of $62.00 shall be charged by the county auditor for each document recorded, which will be in addition to any other charge allowed by law. The legislature recognizes that all […]

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Ban the Box clears last hurdle in Washington State Legislature

OLYMPIA – Washington businesses would not be able to ask new job applicants if they have a criminal record under legislation that received final legislative approval Saturday. The House sent to Gov. Jay Inslee the final version of the “Ban the Box” bill, which does not allow initial job applications for most positions to ask […]

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Spokane passes Ban-the-Box law

Spokane Effective June 14, 2018, all private employers in Spokane are generally prohibited from: Courtesy of NAPBS – March 8, 2018 Advertising employment openings in a way that excludes people with arrest or conviction records from applying, such as using advertisements which state “no felons,” “no criminal background,” or which otherwise convey similar messages. However, […]

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Going once, going twice….rented to the highest bidder!

The Seattle City council will hold a special meeting to on March 8, 2018 at 9:30 AM to vote to place a one year prohibition on rental bidding sites. This bill prohibits tenants and landlords from using rental housing bidding platforms for a year, while the City determines whether those platforms are in compliance with the City’s […]

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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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