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.
Sample Letter to Council
Email the below text to firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is ___________ and I'm contacting you today as an independent landlord operating in Burien to ask that you consider the perspective of landlords and the unintended consequences brought about by a policy such as Seattle's Just Cause Eviction Ordinance. It is disheartening to hear landlord input has been ignored while tenant protections proposals have been drafted, even as landlords have offered a fair compromise on many of the rental housing issues facing Burien.
There is zero data to suggest that a Just Cause Eviction Ordinance will protect Burien renters. We do have data, however, which states plainly that landlords react to this type of legislation by making it harder for applicants to qualify to ensure a tenancy is low-risk, and by raising rents to ensure that adequate financial resources are in place should problems occur during a tenancy
A new UW Rental Housing study [ 1 ] commissioned by the City of Seattle surveyed over 4,200 private housing providers and in many ways, the research findings corroborate what the private market has been informing the Council of for years:
Seattle's "tenant protection" ordinances have not created one unit of affordable housing, nor have they incentivized owners to preserve their rentals at more affordable rates and to work with renters who have difficulty qualifying for a unit due to bad credit, poor references, or an evictions history. Why is Burien Council now considering going down this same path?
A Just Cause Ordinance is the wrong approach for Burien for many reasons, including:
A Just Cause Ordinance is not the right path for Burien. We've seen Seattle's landlord regulations fail in the real world and in court. I'm asking you today to vote no on Just Cause, and to commit to supporting working with landlords in Burien who are the people providing the most affordable housing we have in our city.