Legal Defense Fund (LDF)
Protecting the Rental Housing Industry for 80+ Years!
RHAWA’s Legal Defense Fund is the premier rental housing LDF in the state. The LDF exists to bring legal challenges against state and local laws which strip landlords of their rights as private property owners, and to defend the gains and protections won by the industry.
Our Legal Defense Fund Committee is the industry’s firewall against unlawful legislation. The committee reviews all legislative actions enacted against the rental housing industry and will intervene with legal action when appropriate and necessary.
For information on becoming a member of RHAWA’s LDF click here.
Committee Meeting Dates:
Meets at the call of the Chair
Make a Donation Today
Donating money to the RHAWA LDF is an investment in ensuring your rights as a landlord and private property owner are defended. Contributions fund legal research and attorney costs when government chooses to work against landlords rather than with us. Contributions to the LDF are considered ordinary business expenses. Check with your accountant to determine deductions. Membership dues do not fund the LDF - all contributions are voluntary.
Contribute to the RHAWA LDF online today, or by check: RHAWA PAC 2414 SW Andover St, Ste D207, Seattle WA 98106
To date, RHAWA's LDF has been key in the following cases:
- Kenewick Ambulance Tax (amicus brief), ordinance passed in 2000, overturned by the State Supreme Court in 2004.
- Mukilteo’s Rental Housing Per Unit Fee Program, ordinance passed in 1997, overturned by the State Supreme Court in 1999.
- Pasco Mandatory Inspection program (amicus brief), ordinance passed in 1997; State Supreme Court upheld this program 5 - 4.
- Des Moines Crime Free Rental Housing Ordinance, City of Des Moines settled with RHAWA and brought its program in to conformance with new State law.
- McCready / Margola (Seattle’s Mandatory Inspection / Rental Housing Fee program), ordinance passed in 1989; lawsuit settled in 1996.