Frustrated with Seattle? Donate to LDF Today!

Posted By: Sean Martin (deleted) Advocacy, Fundraising,

On May 30, 2017, the Rental Housing Association of Washington filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle’s Move-in Fee Ordinance. We argue in the lawsuit that the ordinance is illegal under both state statutory and constitutional law.

Will you please join us today in supporting our efforts in court by making a contribution to the RHAWA Legal Defense Fund? Your contribution will help to directly fund our success in court and preserve our ability to take legal action in the future should the need arise.

As a member of RHAWA, we know that you care deeply about the security of your investment and your financial future. You’ve put too many thousands of hours of time and dollars in to managing your property to allow one city to dictate the financial terms of your leases, and force you into interest-free loans to your renters. You should be able to determine the amounts and types of safeguards to protect yourself against financial loss.

This lawsuit also represents more than just a fight against Seattle’s out of control rental housing policies. The rights of rental housing owners state-wide are at stake as we fight to ensure that Seattle’s unimaginative, illegal rules don’t spread to other jurisdictions.

Small independent landlords provide most of the affordable housing in Seattle. Unfortunately, instead of seeing RHA and its members as partners in solving housing issues, the illegal regulation of fees and deposits portrays rental property owners as nothing more than political scapegoats.

The move-in fees lawsuit filed by RHAWA joins a growing list of legal challenges which will shape the rental housing industry’s ability to provide safe, affordable housing for the next generation.

Last year we raised over $100,000 and I know that with your continued support I know that we can do even better in 2018. Expanding our budget will allow us continue fighting to achieve an outcome you deserve. The legal environment is changing and RHAWA can only fight for our members when we have the resources to do so.

You can track our progress at

Thank you for your ongoing support and the belief you’ve placed in RHAWA to protect the security of your rental investment interests, and our industry’s future.

Make your donation today by sending a check to: RHAWA LDF, 2414 SW Andover St, D207, Seattle, WA 98106 or by calling Geoff Schertz at 206-905-0606