RHAWA Member Turnout is Crucial for Landlord Voices to be Heard in Burien City Council Meetings
Heather Pierce | Deputy Director of Government Affairs
Burien City Council appears headed down the same road as Seattle making operating rental property as difficult as possible for independent rental housing owners.
Tenant advocates have the attention of Council and Burien landlords must make their voices heard to let the Council know that new regulations will reduce the affordable housing stock and investment in the private rental market.
Sean Martin | Executive Director
The statewide Source of Income Discrimination law is now in effect with the enforcement period having commenced on September 30, 2018. This new statewide law makes it illegal for rental property owners to use a source of income (i.e. section 8 vouchers, etc.) as a basis to deny tenancy to a rental applicant. Commensurate with this new regulation, rental property owners can mitigate increased financial with the opportunity to access a new landlord mitigation fund. The new fund is housed and administered via the Washington State Department of Commerce and landlords can apply for and receive up to $5,000 in damages caused by an outgoing subsidy recipient tenant.
Landlords can apply for reimbursed caused by tenant using any form of a housing subsidy for physical damage to property beyond normal wear and tear, unpaid rent and charges associated with tenancy including late charges, non-compliance charges, legal expenses and utility charges. Applications will be made available online through the Washington State Department of Commerce. Unfortunately, landlords with subsidy recipient tenants who moved in or out prior to June 7, 2018 are not eligible to claim reimbursement from the Landlord Mitigation Program.