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

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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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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 24, 2018 – A group of researchers...

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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