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A second round of applications for the City of Tacoma’s Rental Assistance Program will be accepted from July 8 - July 15. People who meet the...

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It’s not uncommon for property owners and management companies to use an unlicensed maintenance person or ‘Handyman’ to do lots of...

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New Seattle Laws on Roommates Last fall, the Seattle City Council passed several new bills relating to rental housing, including CB 119606 which...

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The political climate for protecting housing providers has never been more daunting. Almost every sector of normal life has been disrupted by...

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A few years before working for DTG Recycle, I bought a duplex in Renton and did a full remodel inside and out. I had a lot of garbage to clean up,...

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The 2020 state legislative session ended in March, and with it came substantial changes to several components of landlord-tenant law. Below is a...

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Governor Inslee announced on 6/2/2020 an extension of the evictions ban in place across the state through August 1, 2020. The order extends prior...

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We are quickly approaching a moment that will significantly test the resiliency of our housing system amidst COVID-19 and historic unemployment....

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Spend your required clock-hours wisely learning what you need to know from attorney Chris Benis and do it whenever and wherever you want. Our 7...

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Seattle City Council recently passed legislation enacting a 6-month ban on evictions after the Governor’s COVID emergency order, currently set...

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RHAWA is excited to announce another evolution in the growth of our online membership benefits with the re-launch of our Connect Forum! The new...

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Now is your chance to help drive the direction and future of RHAWA. If you're the person people come to when they have tough problems to solve, and...

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Three bills have been passed through Seattle City Council over the past week and await to be signed into law by Mayor Durkin. These three bills...

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In the past, we mostly saw roommate groups in college areas. Now, adults of all ages are likely to share rental homes in order to manage the high...

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On Thursday evening, April 16, Governor Inslee updated and expanded his ban on eviction for all housing providers in the state. The new order now...

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Residents across Washington State who are impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19 are understandably worried about paying rent. With one-third...

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On March 18, 2020, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced their recommendations related to forbearances during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more and...

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Many landlords are wondering what exactly can and can’t be done during this COVID-19 outbreak. You will find the best resources on our...

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Dear RHAWA members, The manner in which we as housing providers manage this unprecedented crisis will dictate how the public will recognize us as...

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New information from the Governor today now allows in-person showings of rental units, as well as signing of documents. We are updating information...

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RHAWA has released five new forms specifically focused on operating your rental unit and related issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well...

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MCLEAN, Va., March 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today announced, in coordination with the Federal Housing Finance Agency...

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COVID-19 represents a complete shock to Washington’s vital systems, infrastructure, and institutions. The virus is testing our world-class...

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Emergency legislation would substantially expand existing short-term rental assistance for Americans impacted by COVID-19. Tacoma, WA –...

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Seattle (March 14, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed an emergency order to put into place a temporary moratorium on residential evictions,...

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The Puget Sound region is presently experiencing the highest rate of COVID-19 illness in the country and the virus is impacting many elements of...

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King County is experiencing the highest rate of COVID-19 illness in the country and the disease is impacting many elements of daily life. Decisions...

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Rent Rescue’s CEO Aaron DiCaprio recently spoke about Rent Default Insurance on The Landlord Survival Show with Steve Rozenburg. Listen to the...

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In the last two years there has been a dizzying amount of discussion about eviction, termination, homelessness, relocation assistance, and many...

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The Washington State Legislature is entering a new phase of the legislative process as it moves rapidly towards concluding its 60-day session. The...

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On February 10, the Seattle City Council took the unprecedented step of banning eviction for “Winter Months”. While there were many...

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An interesting op-ed ran last week in The Lens focused on the risks which Just Cause laws pose to neighbors and other risks, from the perspective of...

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STATEWIDE MANDATORY LEASE RENEWAL BILL - JUST CAUSE APPLIED TO FIXED TERM LEASES! On Friday, January 24, the House of Representatives will hold...

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On January 13, RHAWA’s government affairs team began again the critical venture of advocating on behalf of private housing providers at the...

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As an RHAWA member, you now have exclusive rights to use our new ONDEMAND learning platform. Launched in November, the platform is already populated...

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What happens when your tenants default on the rent? You have to file for eviction and lose many months of rent. Unless you get rent default...

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Nobody should be without a safe place to stay during the winter – or any time of year. Evictions are a last resort for housing providers...

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For most small housing providers, the policies passed by our state legislature in 2019 felt like an assault on the very idea of rental property...

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As a landlord, you always like to imagine a best-case scenario where all of your tenants are completely ideal. You dream of the tenant who always...

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Seattle’s “First in Time” ordinance is coming back and may be in effect by the time you are reading this article. As its title...

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Earlier this morning, the State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Seattle’s “First in Time” (FIT) ordinance, previously thrown...

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What is abundantly clear from the 2019 General election is that the issues the rental industry faced in the City of Seattle prior to the election...

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Normally, it’s a great thing when your tenant wants to stay at your property. However, if the lease has ended or has been broken, no new lease...

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Log in today to activate your new account! We’re excited to announce RHAWA has an all-new website! Aside from a cleaner, easier to use format,...

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As we face the final days of 2019, there is little doubt RHAWA has endured the heaviest number of regulatory attacks in decades. The drastic...

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RHAWA endorsed candidates in several jurisdictions throughout the state. This list may be found here. RHAWA's PAC didn’t weigh in on Seattle...

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Not every tenant comes to you with a neon sign flashing above their head proclaiming, “I’m the ideal tenant” or “I’m...

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According to EvictionLab.org, Washington’s eviction rate has continued to fall from its 2005 peak of 1.45% to 0.82% in 2016, the latest year...

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Stable Homes Federal Way Initiative 19-001, submitted by Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN), will be a ballot measure on the...

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Many of our members have enjoyed the new RMAP software that is now included with your membership, which allows for management of multiple...

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Welcome to our new website! We have a brand new look and updated technology in an effort to better serve all our members. In order to get the...

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Being a landlord can be a good way to provide you with regular income as well as with the potential for capital growth. However, it can be...

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In the last decade since the recession, the rental market in Washington State has recovered quickly, thanks to desirable locations like Seattle,...

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On average, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 9 men experience some form of domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner in America. Here in Washington...

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Sponsored content provided by Betty Friant, Senior Vice President, Kay Properties & Investments, LLC The client has invested in real estate...

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An article which appeared in last Saturday’s Tacoma News Tribune highlighting new landlord-tenant laws included several assertions by tenant...

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On August 1, a King County judge ruled that an initiative which seeks to create a “just cause” ordinance in the city of Federal Way...

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No, RHAWA would not recommend putting anything in your ad about Section 8 which can be perceived as steering voucher holders away. Remember, Section...

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Effective July 28, 2019, several new landlord-tenant laws took effect which have a direct impact on how rental owners manage their properties and...

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The passage of SB 5600, HB 1138, HB 1440, and HB 1462 made permanent changes to Washington State's Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) and will...

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QUESTION: My tenant got a job in another state and wants to terminate their lease early – it doesn’t expire until March 31, 2020. What...

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While many homeowners are set to benefit from legislation which revises how excise taxes are charged for real estate transactions, the new,...

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The Seattle City Council continues to propose new legislation and amend existing landlord-tenant laws under the premise of addressing housing...

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April 28 brought the 2019 legislative session to a close. After 105 days in session, lawmakers, staffers, and lobbyists alike were ready for sine...

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Washington is a beautiful state. The views are breathtaking and since it’s such a big state, there’s something for everyone, especially...

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Homeowners insurance is a savior in cases of unexpected perils that you and your house may encounter in many forms. Most homeowners’ insurance...

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RHAWA Advocacy Team The rental housing industry is faced with a broad political coalition that has been forming throughout the Puget Sound to...

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Managing one property, although a bit challenging at first, is not that difficult once you get the hang of it. Managing multiple properties, on the...

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Believe it or not, this isn’t a pitch to convince you to sell your apartment building. Yes, we’re apartment brokers, and at the end...

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Sponsored blog content provided by Rentometer Tenants consider their cat or dog a furry family member, and most of them will pass on a property...

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Investing in the real estate industry is probably the best way to make the most of your money and get back much more than you’ve invested....

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RHAWA is spreading the love with members today by offering our newest benefit to members – our Rental Management Access Portal (RMAP)! RMAP...

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Sponsored blog content provided by Rentometer We’ve added a significant expansion to our standard rent report. PRO users can now access...

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We are smack in the middle of the most contentious legislative session for landlords that the state has seen in nearly 40 years. Dozens of...

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Not sure if you've seen or heard by now, but it's been snowing - A LOT - in Western Washington the past few days! RHAWA has put together a quick...

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Heather Pierce | Deputy Director of Government Affairs Washington State legislators are already hearing bills that would drastically alter the RLTA...

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Our community has donated wonderful gifts for our families through the Mary’s Place Holiday Giving Tagsprogram this season, and now it’s...

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On December 3, 2018 the Renton City Council held a first reading of Ordinance 5913 or RMC 4.5.125, the Residential Rental Registration and...

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Heather Pierce | Deputy Director of Government Affairs Tuesday night, Tacoma City Council passed several new rental housing regulations which...

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RHAWA Member Turnout is Crucial for Landlord Voices to be Heard in Burien City Council Meetings Heather Pierce | Deputy Director of Government...

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We are excited to officially launch Rental Management Access Portal (RMAP), a 100% product which automates the lease signing process for RHAWA...

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The statewide Source of Income Discrimination law is now in effect with the enforcement period having commenced on September 30, 2018. This new...

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On Tuesday, July 24, a group of UW researchers briefed Seattle City Council’s Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renter Rights...

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PRESS RELEASEContact:Heather Pierce(206) 905-0611 | hpierce@RHAwa.orgRHAwa.org Seattle, WA – July 26, 2018 –This morning, the Landlord...

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PRESS RELEASEContact:Heather Pierce(206) 905-0611 | hpierce@RHAwa.orgRHAwa.org Seattle, WA – July 24, 2018 – A group of researchers...

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Monday, July, 9, 2018, the Seattle City Council voted to pass a new ordinance requiring the safe storage of and access to firearms. Ordinance 119267...

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Tenant rights advocates have been fighting landlords through legislation in Seattle for 40 years. This city has many aging buildings and has been...

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PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseContact:Sean Martin(206) 905-0609 | smartin@RHAwa.orgRHAwa.org Rentberry and Seattle landlord file suit over...

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Yesterday, RHAWA transmitted the following letter to Seattle City Council and the Mayor stating our opposition to the proposed head tax for funding...

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Lawsuit against Seattle’s “Prohibiting Criminal Background Screening” Ordinance filed May 1 Seattle, WA – Pacific Legal...

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There are several new changes in Tenant Screening within the City of Seattle this year. I’d like to talk to you about two of them that...

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​The market in Seattle is changing. Simply posting an ad on Craigslist isn't going to cut it when 12,000 new units are coming online in 2018 with...

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​Being a housing provider always has it's little annoyances. Some of them are bigger than others. But if you want to get involved in rental...

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​​If you have been thinking about getting into a larger investment within rental housing, buying yet more houses might seem a bit unwieldy. It can...

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Real Estate Investment takes many forms. It's been a popular way to gain income for awhile. Online websites like BiggerPockets, Landlordology, and...

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Pets and Service Animals are a subject that we get many calls to the RHAWA Resource Desk about from our members. Many people have some anxiety...

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​The busy rental season is upon us again and many housing providers will be offering their homes and apartments for open houses. However, right...

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Real Estate investing can be extremely rewarding financially. If you have succeeded in your prior real estate investment activities, you may be...

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​Many people see the marketing opportunity in rental housing. This is especially true in our Greater Seattle area and throughout the Puget Sound...

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Investment property is a tremendous business. Being a housing provider is an exciting journey that is filled with wonderful moments, a few...

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Adam Purkey | Membership Engagement Manager On April 11, RHAWA will be bringing together experts from all aspects of the rental housing industry...

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​In the summer of 2016, Washington politicos spent their days obsessed with a special election State Senate race in the 44th legislative district....

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You've rented to a tenant(s) and things are going along well. They are paying rent and utilities and there seems to be no problems. Until you hear...

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In a hot rental market, it can be easy to buy a property that is increasing in value rather than a property that can generate positive cash flow....

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The busy rental housing season is upon us and as you are reviewing your Tenant Screening Criteria, if a valid ID is apart of your complete...

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It is a good idea to run an annual background check on your current tenant(s) each year to make sure that they are in compliance with the...

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Chartrice Young | Tenant Screening Director Tenant screening is a vital part of the start of a tenancy. Once you have taken an application, it's...

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William Shadbolt | RHAWA Board PresidentEdited by Sean Flynn | RHAWA Board Past PresidentOn Friday, February 23, Judge Suzanne Parisien...

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​It might not seem like something that needs to be said, but most people would be surprised at the amount of tenants and landlords that never read...

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Investing in rental properties is a time-tested strategy, but when you’re ready to get out of the grind, you could face a big tax bill....

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Cameron Cowan | Knowledge Steward​We've gotten some calls over the past few months with some people who have been having some trouble getting...

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​Finding ways to save money with older properties can be expensive and time-consuming. Newer buildings with modern insulation and other features are...

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​Turning a unit for a new renter is an expensive and time consuming process. While renters will eventually leave, there are some things that you can...

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All investments have some risk and in rental property, you're offering housing as a service and that means that there are some unique risks to this...

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Many people who are renting their home for the first time don't know that their home owners insurance doesn't cover their new rental property!...

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Today, Friday February 2nd is the official cutoff for most bills in the legislature. Any bill that does not have effect the state’s budget...

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You've got a tenant in place, they are paying rent, and everything seems to be going well. But now what? Being a housing provider is more than just...

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Call to Action!​ Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee to hear Rent Control bill on Tues, Jan. 30 @ 8 am On Tuesday, January 30 @...

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When people get into the rental housing industry and buy their first income property, they often buy a distressed house and fix it up, even if it is...

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Property taxes have been in the news lately because of the new federal tax bill that caps the deduction of property taxes at $10,000. However,...

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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...

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If government can strip you of choice just because unconscious bias might influence that choice, its power would have no bounds. But that is...

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As we head into the spring season, bed bugs might come up again in your rental property. While Bed Bugs are not typically common, we get calls here...

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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...

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January 31st is one of the most important days of the year for RHAWA members, and one of the best opportunities for you to affect policies made that...

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Stanford University researchers recently published a new study on the impacts and effects of San Francisco’s rent control policies and the...

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Having a tenancy end badly is something no one wants to have in their rental business. However, it is a reality in the life of a rental property...

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When you are screening a prospective tenant, it is important to remember that in addition to checking their credit and background records, you...

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The rental housing industry can be very profitable and a pathway to greater wealth. However, this industry is not for everyone. Many people get into...

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​As you are getting ready to rent out your property, one of the biggest decisions you make is how rent is paid. If you are planning on traveling for...

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It’s always exciting to be able to invest in the next big neighborhood. Gentrification around city centers usually goes in a pattern that...

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Most rental housing news is all about Millennials and their penchant for renting over buying. However, on the other end of that demographic, their...

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Like most major cities in the United States, Seattle has many older brick/masonry buildings. Brick was a popular construction material due to it's...

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Most people get into real estate investing to make some extra income or create assets for retirement. However, as any of the long-term members of...

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As rental property owners, lost keys are something that happen and replacing them can be expensive, nerve-racking, and troublesome, especially if...

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Real Estate, and particularly rental house, has been a little slow to the digital revolution and social media but the reality is that social media...

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Thanks to all the new people moving to our state, many of our members are getting applicants from out of the country. Applicants who aren’t US...

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There are some really great and interesting ways to build your real estate portfolio and in this blog post we're going to talk about two of them....

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America is getting to a higher state of mind. As most of RHA members know, Washington legalized the medical and recreational consumption of...

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​Like anything else, tenancies do come to an end. People move on for a variety of reasons but any tenancy that starts will also, at some point,...

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One of the best ways to learn how to do anything is to learn from the mistakes of others, and to take advice from seasoned veterans to heart....

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October 20, 2017 Councilmember Mike O’BrienPO Box 34025Seattle, WA 98124-4025 Re: ADU/DADU legislation Dear Councilmember O’Brien, The...

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​This past July, the three major credit reporting bureaus quietly changed their formula for how credit scores are calculated. Certain things from...

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Sean Martin | External Affairs Director This year’s elections offers huge opportunities for the rental housing industry and our advocacy...

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If you’re looking at growing your real estate portfolio for retirement or cash flow goals you have to think about how best to grow your...

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In rental housing, landlords often deal with sensitive information. Keeping that information secure is important because identity theft is so...

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​​It can be a bit moist here in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle gets an average of 39 inches of rain per year and stays fairly humid throughout the...

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The Annual Business Meeting is our signature fall event. There is important association business to conduct and it's a great time to meet other...

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Unless you own the Taj Mahal or another very expensive property, someone will eventually approach you using a housing voucher from one of several...

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Sean Martin | External Affairs Director Believe it or not, turning a unit smoothly actually begins when you sign your lease with your new renter....

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Rental Housing Association of Washington partners with National Purchasing Partners (NPP) to bring members exclusive discounts from brands like...

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​Washington is a beautiful state and there are lots of people moving here. That has heated up the rental housing market in the greater Seattle area...

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Tenant screening laws are rapidly evolving in Washington State, in particular when dealing with criminal records and how to consider an...

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Cameron Cowan | Knowledge Steward ​Rental housing has a variety of pitfalls. One false move and a simple mistake could adversely affect your...

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We launched our new podcast, Under One Roof in June and took the podcast to iTunes and Google play distribution in July. It is an exciting new...

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At its full council meeting on August 14, Seattle City Council voted unanimously to enact an ordinance which prevents Seattle landlords from using...

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Starting July 31, Seattle City Light began installing new, advanced meters with radio transmitters at properties in Seattle. Their wireless...

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Cash flow should be the number one rental term that you develop a complete understanding of as a rental property investor. Cash flow is the money...

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Thank you for writing to me about the Fair Chance Housing Legislation. This legislation will not go into effect until 150 days after the Mayor...

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Sean Martin | Director of External Affairs Rent control is the Holy Grail for many low-income housing and tenant advocates who see it as the only...

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On the 65th Washington Legislature Washington State’s 65th Legislature began its 2017 legislative session on January 9th, with the one...

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Renting to your kid in college or grad school might seem like a good idea. There are some fun advantages and possibilities for collaborating with...

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Dear City Councilmembers, As you’re aware, the Rental Housing Association of Washington represents more than 5,500 small, independent...

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If you’re a landlord, you’re a business owner. Incorporating your rental property under an LLC is the formal creation/recognition of...

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Your tenant has left. This can be at the end of the lease or an abandonment. You may have gotten the keys back or not. You open up the unit to...

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What’s a landlord to do when no measure of communication successfully brings a tenant in to compliance with a term of the rental agreement?...

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While we might like to believe that people are generally honest, that is not always the case. People will come to you wanting to rent your unit...

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Sean Martin | Director of External Affairs An initiative filed in early-March – filed by Devin Silvernail, a tenant advocate from San...

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The pathways to real estate investing and rental housing are as varied as the people who own real estate. Everyone has a story. Some people started...

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This week, local elections have been in focus here at RHAWA. Our list of endorsed candidates for the primaries are now out and listed below. RHAWA...

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Pets and pet policies are one of the major stressors that landlords may face. Animals can often equal damage. Here are some best practices to help...

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Next week, on Thursday, July 13, Seattle Councilmember Lisa Herbold is hosting a town hall discussion panel focused on a proposal which will...

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Our Summer Workshop and Tradeshow was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended and if you missed out on the show, check out the highlights and...

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Ditch that homeowner’s policy in favor of some real coverage. Homeowners policies are rather a one-size fits most type of circumstances....

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Every landlord has tenants they love and a few they don’t. Sometimes, to get someone into a property, landlords will lower their standards or...

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Seattle, WA – May 30, 2017 – After careful legal review, the Rental Housing Association of Washington filed a lawsuit in King County...

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As summer approaches, you will find more and more interest in your vacancies which means the applications will start pouring in. Are you ready?...

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On May 10, Governor Inslee signed in to law, legislation which will allow property owners to have squatters removed from their property by law...

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Many times you have applicants that will apply in groups of two or more. This can create a very unique situation when it comes to screening. If both...

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SEATTLE -- A lawsuit in Seattle pits some fundamental rights against each other -- it’s civil rights that ban discrimination, and property...

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Welcome to RHAWA’s Tenant Screening Tuesday’s. Each week we will post a discussion questions regarding the tenant screening industry...

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Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant is continuing her political march against independent landlords as she prepares to push CB 118756 through her...

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Looking to write Seattle Council in opposition to CB 118817 but don't know where to start? Consider using the sample letter below. Landlords are...

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On Monday, August 8, Seattle City Council adopted new legislation which forces rental housing owners in Seattle to process applications beginning...

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The City of Seattle is convening a roundtable discussion of multifamily rental property owners to provide advice and feedback on several proposed...

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We now sit with only 10 days left in Washington’s 2016 Legislative Session. With the fiscal committee cutoff Monday, February 29 and the...

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Last week saw the house of Origin Cutoff deadline narrow the amount of bills still alive for consideration by this year’s legislature. The...

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Last week saw the end of fiscal committees consideration of bills, with lawmakers spending almost all their time in caucus with their party and...

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Last week marked another successful Day On The Hill for RHA and our partners. Legislators and legislative staff have reported positive experiences...

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This is a quick update for the second week of this short 2016 legislative session was highlighted by a King County Superior Court judge ruling on...

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​The opening week of session is always a flurry, and this year is no exception. Of course there was the opening with all the pomp and circumstance,...

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The 2016 legislative session is now under way, and that means rental property owners have a whole list of worries to consider for the next 60+...

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This week the Senate confirmed that they’ve chosen a law firm to investigate the early release of over 3,000 prisoners by the Washington...

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Final Legislative Summary Capital, Operating, & Transportation Budget SummariesFinally, after 176 legislative days, the Washington State...

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Effective August 1st, the amount of relocation assistance required by subsection A of SMC 22.210.130 will increase from $3,255 to $3,340. This...

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