Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant is continuing her political march against independent landlords as she prepares to push CB 118756 through her Energy and Environment Committtee meeting tomorrow at 2pm - a proposal which would institute hard caps on rental housing move-in fees and force landlords to provide payment plans for those fees at the request of tenants.
WashingtonCAN! has the attention of Sawant, with this newest proposal due in part to a July 2016 report published by the group which advocates for increased protections for renters. Cited as a research study indicating the need for caps on move-in fees, the report is actually based on information collected by a methodology known as “snowball sampling.” Essentially, what this means is that Seattle Council is creating legislation using "data" based entirely on responses received from WashCAN!'s own members, their members’ friends, and individuals who actively seek out their information on social media.
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 strongly encouraged to add their own context or personal experiences.
Seattle Council email addresses:
As an independent landlord in Seattle I am writing to ask that you vote NO on CB 118817 which would enact caps on all tenant move-in costs and force landlords to provide payment plans on those costs.
CB 118817 is poor policy. Independent landlords place themselves in a position of financial risk every time they turn the keys over to a new tenant. Move-in fees are the only means available to an independent landlord, such as myself, to mitigate those risks. In fact, the ability to charge move-in fees, which are overwhelmingly refundable, allows me to keep monthly rents lower.