Tenants consider their cat or dog a furry family member, and most of them will pass on a property which isn't pet-friendly. That property might have everything they're looking for, with amazing amenities at an affordable price, but if Fido isn't allowed, they'll move on without a second thought. Compromise isn't an option.
Landlords have their own rationale, of course. Sharp claws and over-excitement cause considerable damage to hardwood flooring and drywall, and it only takes a week before the nice green lawn in front of a building is no longer nice or green. Maintenance expenses can exceed the profit accrued from a lenient policy.
Despite these difficulties, landlords don't have to turn away pet owners, and tenants don't have to give up their cat or dog. With a few adjustments to the lease, renovations to flooring and other changes, it's possible to reach an agreement where no one has to make a tough decision or inconvenient concession.
In this article, we'll walk landlords through the many ways they can minimize pet damage to preserve their properties while providing flexibility for tenants.
Investing in the real estate industry is probably the best way to make the most of your money and get back much more than you’ve invested. However, the real estate industry all around the world isn’t the same, and you need to spend some time inspecting it first before making any decisions. Some people think investing in large cities might be a great idea, while others prefer investing their cash in smaller towns, and if you too are looking for viable investment ideas, these are two alternatives you have to look into. So, what are the differences between these choices, which one is better and which one makes more sense in the long run?
Larger cities offer more choices
Whatever amount of money you have, deciding to invest it in a large city means you’ll have more options to choose from and, therefore, more ideas to think about. Cities usually attract more people, the market is richer and more developed, while the competition is much fiercer, and that means you’ll have far more options to choose from. Investors generally consider cities to be more attractive due to a number of reasons – from economic growth to strategic planning – so this might be something you should look into as well.
Sean Martin | Executive Director
RHAWA is spreading the love with members today by offering our newest benefit to members – our Rental Management Access Portal (RMAP)! RMAP offers our membership the ability to transact with applicants entirely online, from application for tenancy and screening, to auto-filled forms and electronic signing, and online rent pay for the duration of tenancy. Best of all, RMAP is FREE to RHAWA members.
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 “renter protections” bills aimed at making it extremely time consuming and expensive for landlords to properly address problem tenancies are being debated and voted on, and RHAWA needs the help of its membership to educate legislators on the value of rental housing and how rental investors and landlords benefit the community.
If the thought of politics makes your stomach turn, or you’re not sure where to start, RHAWA is here to make the process as smooth and simple to understand as we can. It doesn’t take much more than 5 minutes of your time to engage with your elected official and share your story. People in office are there to represent you and your voice is critical to the legislative process.
Not sure if you've seen or heard by now, but it's been snowing - A LOT - in Western Washington the past few days! RHAWA has put together a quick Q&A to guide you through some of the most common scenarios that might come up involving the snow and your rentals. Remember to stay safe and encourage your tenants to stay clear of hazards.
This post contains general information and is not intended to apply to any specific situation. If you need legal advice or have questions about the application of the law in a particular matter, you should consult a lawyer.
Who is responsible for removing snow at my rental, me or the tenant (at both single and multi-family rentals)?
If you have a single family rental and used the RHA lease we have language in it that transfers snow removal responsibility to the tenant, located at #26ii in the current lease. If you used another lease you need to see if this is the case.
If you have a multi-family lease or property it is considered the landlords responsibility to keep the common areas free of obstructions or liabilities, this would include snow and ice.
If you have a towing contract for your property you may have a clause in it that provides for snow plowing and some landscape contracts include snow removal as well.
Washington State legislators are already hearing bills that would drastically alter the RLTA and impact how you do business!
On Wednesday night, Senator Patty Kuderer dropped SB5600, which intends to increase the PAY OR VACATE NOTICE TO 14 DAYS and seeks to restrict owners from ending a FIXED TERM LEASE AGREEMENTS AT THE EXPIRATION OF A LEASE.
Details on how SB5600 will impact rental owners if passed are available below.
Attend the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Full Committee Hearing
Our community has donated wonderful gifts for our families through the Mary’s Place Holiday Giving Tags
program this season, and now it’s time to share the joy! Please join Mary's Place as their Holly Jolly ‘elves’ to help make the magic happen and the season bright for all of their supported families!
Kids will be paired up with ‘personal shoppers’ to pick out and wrap presents for their parents, and parents
can select new gifts and toys for their children. Each family will also receive warm winter clothing, gift cards for new shoes, photos with Santa, a nice meal, and more!
Wednesday, December 19
Time & Location TBD
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 Inspection Program. Renton City Council was going to hear to the second reading of the Rental Registration Inspection program at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on January 14, 2019 and a vote was possible, but it will instead discuss the program during the Committee of the Whole.
Meeting details -- view agenda here
Members of the public can attend the Committee of the Whole, but no public comment is allowed. The meeting will also be recorded.
RHAWA is supportive of this targeted approach towards rental housing inspections because it provides an infrastructure for the City to address failing rental properties without disrupting or overburdening the broader rental market. However, while generally supportive of the ordinance, there are lingering concerns with a few details.
Chief among those concerns is a registration requirement which is disproportionately costly for the small business or mom-and-pop rental owner. RHAWA is asking Renton City Council to hold off a final vote until the blanket $150 registration fee can be revised to a more equitable, tiered model that considers the disproportionate burden the fee has on single family and small unit count owners.
RHAWA asks its members to contact Renton City Council to ask that this fees structured is corrected.
Below is a graph of Renton’s fee structure compared to the City of Bellingham and the City of Seattle:
A tiered fee structure is the most equitable option. City resources required to inspect a single family unit compared to a 100 or 200 unit property are not proportional. For these reasons, RHAWA supports a tiered fee structure for rental registration requirements.
RHAWA would also like to thank Renton City staff for making a concerted effort to work with private rental housing providers on the new Registration and Inspection program, and we look forward to collaborating on education and outreach to rental owners.
In general, the final draft of Renton’s Registration and Inspection proposal incorporates much of the feedback and recommendations made by RHAWA and rental housing business input. In fact, Renton’s model is similar to Tacoma’s complaint driven model where a certificate of inspection is only required if a tenant requests an inspection and the city finds that the landlord has failed to fulfill an obligation required under RCW 59.18.060.
This ordinance is an example of how a collaborative effort between government and business interests can result in a smart policy prescription.
Tuesday night, Tacoma City Council passed several new rental housing regulations which directly impact rental housing owners. Although RHAWA's advocacy team was able to keep ineffective policies like Just Cause Termination of Tenancy off the table, the City opted not to provide any exemptions or protections for small landlords in the city.
More than seven months of negotiations resulted in a series of regulations that include:
The majority of policies that make up TMC 1.95 will become effective and enforced on February 1, 2019. However, Council concern that the new regulations create an incentive for owners to increase rents led them to expedite the effective date of the rent increase notification to 10 days after publication (estimated to be December 6).
Also, if you haven't done so already, reach-out to Council Members to let them know how these regulations may change the way you run your business. RHAWA is already hearing from members who say that these new laws will force them to increase rents and raise tenant screening criteria requirements.
60-day notice for rent increases (expected effective date of December 6, 2018)
OTHER POLICIES | Effective February 1, 2019
Read the finalized copy of Ordinance 28559.
If you should have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at (206) 905-0611 or hpierce@RHAwa.org