Adam Purkey | Membership Engagement Manager
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 affect all landlords at the state level. RHAWA’s Legislative Day on the Hill is your best opportunity to voice your concerns directly to the officials that make these laws and enact meaningful policy changes. Independent landlords continue to battle against onerous laws on both the state and local level seemingly giving tenants every possible advantage when it comes to the landlord-tenant relationship. We need your stories, your experiences, and your ideas to present to the legislators to provide them with alternatives solutions as they consider new bills in 2018.
This day is so important for our members because we arrange meetings to give you time to sit down and discuss the issues that matter most with your representative in person. The voice of the tenants is a loud one, and we need to provide a strong, unified voice for property owners to ensure that your rights as landlords are not drowned out by the other side. Legislators hear from our lobbyists and our staff, but hearing firsthand accounts from actual landlords has a much greater impact. Those stories are the ones they will remember when it comes time to cast a vote that affects this industry. Your story could be the difference in how they choose to proceed.
Once you arrive at the Hotel RL in Olympia, we will make sure that you have everything you need during the day. You’ll start by having lunch and a briefing from RHAWA’s lobbyist Kyle Woodring which will get you up to speed on the prominent issues of the day even if you haven’t been closely following them. From there, we will shuttle you to the Capitol campus where you will have time to hear from an array of state representatives in the RHAWA room during the day. We also book individual appointments with your district representative so that you can speak with them directly about the things that matter most to you.
This chance to meet with your legislators in person is one that you should absolutely take advantage of to make your voice heard!
This event is underwritten by the RHAWA Political Action Committee and is absolutely free for RHAWA members. Leg. Day is your time to show up, speak up, and help enact the changes we as a community need to see made in order for landlords to succeed in the future. You can rely on us to get you everything you’ll need during the day, and we’ll rely on you to join us in Olympia on January 31st!
Full details can be found at https://www.rhawa.org/legday.html
Adam Purkey | Membership Engagement Manager
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 RHAWA members!
On October 26th, RHAWA will be hosting our Annual Business Meeting, the best opportunity for you to take an active role in your association and make your voice heard! 2017 has seen a tremendous amount of change in the rental housing industry, and we have been changing along with it. We’ve introduced a bevy of new features and programs all designed to help you navigate the challenges that landlords face, and you can learn about how to get the most from your membership during the program for the evening. We’ll be covering some of our major achievements for the year as well as looking ahead to what we have in store for 2018, including the election of our new members to the RHAWA board of directors.
Additionally, this is an excellent place to have some face-to-face interactions with our current and incoming Board members, as well as our Executive Director, to discuss the topics that matter most to you. We incorporate the feedback we have from the membership into how we plan for the future, and the best way to make sure that we are addressing the issues you want us to address. You can tell the RHAWA leadership directly!
Have an idea of a class you’d like to see, a program we could introduce, or ways we could shift public perception of landlords? Come let us know at the Annual Business Meeting!
The Annual Business Meeting will be held at the historic Factory Luxe in the SoDo district of Seattle from 6:30-8:30pm. We will have a wide array of hearty hors d’oeuvres provided by award-winning catering, a full cash bar available, ample free parking conveniently located directly in front of the venue, and an educational and engaging program for you. Seating for this event is limited, and getting your tickets now is the best way to assure you’ve got a spot reserved. RHAWA members pay only $50 though October 20th, be sure to take advantage of the reduced early pricing.
Full details can be found on our event page and we look forward to having you join us!
Cameron Cowan | Knowledge Steward
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 media outlet that we have been finding all sorts of new ways to use to get interviews, information and exciting rental housing news out to your and the general public..
Podcasts themselves have an interesting history. When the iPod burst onto the scene in 2001, in addition to music, Apple allowed tracks of voice-only dialogue. Users could subscribe to a podcast (ipod=podcast) on iTunes and then when they synced their iPod the latest episode of the show they had subscribed too would download into the device. The process of accessing the shows was the biggest trouble in those early days. People had to plug in their device in order to get the latest content. Because of this, podcast shows abounded but a model to provide revenue for these new shows seemed to be out of reach.
Big media brands took on podcasting as a cool thing to do in addition to other efforts. But the reach was small and many of the early shows went under because they could not finance themselves. Other radio shows started posting segments of their broadcasts as podcasts. Podcasts had a lot of excitement around them as a way to save radio content but the idea fizzled at first.
By Sean Martin
On May 10, Governor Inslee signed in to law, legislation which will allow property owners to have squatters removed from their property by law enforcement immediately, rather than having to navigate the lengthy eviction process.
SB 5388, which passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, takes effect July 23, 2017.
Specifically, the law will allow property owners to file a declaration that a trespasser - not a tenant - is on their property. This allows law enforcement to remove the person immediately, unless that person can prove they were a legal tenant within the past 12 months.
State Representative Andrew Barkis was lead sponsor of the House-version of the legislation which was melded in to a final Senate version of the bill. He also has worked for over 20 years as the owner of a professional property management company. His leadership was crucial in getting this bill passed, after having seen it stall the previous 5 years in the legislature.
Rep. Barkis remarked that, "The bill's signing is the culmination of many years of work between the various groups. I believe bringing my background in the industry to the legislative process paid off." As a leader for the industry in the State Legislature, Rep. Barkis’ support is hugely appreciated by RHAWA, and our industry.
While there are more details in the actual process, the basics of the legislation are relatively simple.
An owner, or their agent, may initiate a law enforcement investigation and request the removal of an unauthorized person or persons. They must declare:
Any false declarations made by an owner or their agent under this law may bring a cause of action against them for any false statements made, and the declarant may be held liable for actual damages, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees.
Law enforcement must provide the individual(s) with a reasonable opportunity to secure and present any credible evidence, which the officer must consider, showing that the person or persons are tenants, legal occupants, or the guests or invitees of tenants or legal occupants.
If it is determined the law enforcement that the individual(s) are in the unit illegally they may then proceed with removing them from the premises, with or without an arrest being made, and order them to remain off the premises or be subject to arrest for criminal trespass.
Read the Official Press Release