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  • 22 Oct 2015 1:47 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:


    Congratulations Rob Trickler, Eric Stevens and all WROA members! After 5 years of negotiations with landlord and tenant groups, we passed SB 5538, deceased tenant property legislation, in the 2015 session.


    HB 1574/SB 5538 – Deceased tenant property (WROA BILL):

    Establishes procedures for the disposition of the personal property of a residential tenant upon the death of the tenant. Requires a tenant, upon written request of a landlord, to:

    (1) Provide the landlord with the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of a designated person to contact in the event of the tenant's death; and

    (2) Sign a statement authorizing the landlord, in the event of the tenant's death, to settle certain matters relating to the decedent's rental of the property. (Representatives Rodne, Wylie, Shea, Johnson, Muri, Stanford, Jinkins & Senators Angel, Sheldon)

    HB STATUS: DEAD (House Rules Committee)

    SB STATUS: Signed into Law - Effective Date: July 24, 2015


    Below is further recap of other bills that WROA members, Rob Trickler, WROA President, WROA lobbyists, Mark Gjurasic & Chester Baldwin, actively worked to support or oppose during the 2015 Legislative session.


    The Governor took action on this legislation on Thursday, May 14 and signed the bill into law. All WROA members were invited to attend the bill signing ceremony.


    Also, special thanks to Sen. Jan Angel (R-26) and Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-35) who sponsored the bill. We also congratulate Sen. Don Benton (R-17), Chair of the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, who supported this legislation and gave it a hearing. We also thank Rep. Jay Rodne (R-5), Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) and Rep. Brad Klippert (R-8) for their support and drafting skills in helping to pass this bill.


    The last day of the regular 105 day legislative session was on Friday, April 24 but

    due to lack of compromise on the operating, capital and transportation budgets,

    Governor Inslee called a Special Legislative Session which began on Wednesday,

    April 29 to finalize the 2015-2017 budgets.


    Due to continued lack of budget compromise, the Governor called two more

    Extraordinary Sessions and the last day of the 2015 session.  Click here to see the Final Legislative Report for 2015.

  • 16 Oct 2015 2:34 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members,


    This email was sent last week. Attached are brief biographies of each of the delegates as well as a writable PDF of the ballot. You can fill in the ballot and email to chet@lobbywa.com.  If you have any questions, feel free to call WROA Office Manager, Jen Kahler at 425-353-6929.  (Delegate Biographies) (Writable PDF).


    We have five at large positions open for the 2016 WROA Board.  That is the newly created individual member class voting for their delegates.  It is a two year term.  We need the individual members to vote for their five delegates of choice but we need the group members to participate as well for a quorum.  We need a participation rate of 3% of the entire WROA membership body so we need group members to vote present even though it is the individual members voting for their specific delegates.  The quorum requirements were set up that way in the event that there were other issues to vote on at the annual meeting but for this year we do not have any other matters to vote on.


    If you are a member of one of the specific groups listed above then checking that box and filling out name and city of residence counts as a present vote for purposes of the quorum.  If you are not one of those specific groups then you are an individual member and may vote for five delegates at large.  Please note some of you have elected to be both a member of your local group listed above and also paid for a separate individual membership in WROA.  If that is your situation then you may also select five delegates.  The list below is a list of every member who has volunteered to run for one of the five open positions.  For your information we have included any current officers position the candidates are presently holding but we are not voting on officers at this time.  Please note you may write in candidates but the maximum number of delegates you may vote for is five.


    All ballots need to be completed and returned to the office of the executive director, Chester Baldwin, at Chet@lobbywa.comby 6:59 pm on 29 October 2015 or fax to 360-866-4841.   The votes will then be tallied by Chester’s staff and the results will be announced on the web site and in email and the November newsletter. Please take the time to participate in this important first vote under the new bylaws.  Our bylaws do not anticipate a plan B if we don’t have a quorum so it is important that we get a diverse participation.


    Rob W. Trickler | Attorney and Counselor at Law


  • 02 Oct 2015 2:20 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Dear Rob and other WROA members;

     

    On September 21st from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, the Vancouver City Council held a public hearing and voted out three ordinances that will affect the landlords in our association. These ordinances are extremely similar to ones which are already in affect in Seattle. Directly below is the exact language used in each of the three ordinances —  60-Day Eviction Notice, 45-Day Notice of Rent Increase, and Source of Income Protection — which go into effect on October 21st, 2015. 


    Ordinances Passed by Vancouver City Hall:

    • 60-Day Eviction Notice - An ordinance relating to an affirmative defense for month-to–month tenants who are not provided a 60–day notice, by landlords owning five (5) or more rental units, prior to the landlord commencing an eviction action unless a different notice period is specifically authorized by law; providing for severability and an effective date.
    • 45-Day Notice of Rent Increase - An ordiance relating to requiring that all rental agreements in the city of Vancouver include a provision requiring a minimum of forty-five (45) days prior written notice whenever the periodic or monthly housing costs tone charged a tenant is to increase by more than ten (10) percent; providing for severablility and an effective date.
    • Source of Income Protection - An ordinance relating to prohibiting landlords from refusing to prohibiting landlords from refusing to rent a dwelling unit to an applicant based on their source of income; providing for sever ability and an effective date. 

    See attached documents for the materials presented during the Vancouver City Hall public hearing on these three ordinances and the staff reports. 

     

    The next Vancouver Full City Council meeting, with public hearings, is October 5th at 7:00 pm. The next Vancouver Affordable Housing Task Force meeting is October 8th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. WROA will continue to attend and oppose these measures and we welcome any and all landlords to come and speak about the issues that these proposals present.


    The following are forms needed: 


    Vancouver Ordinace 60 Day Eviction Notice.pdf


    Vancouver Ordiance 45 Day Notice of Rent Increase.pdf


    Vancouver Ordiance Source of Income Protection.pdf


    Vancouver City Hall Presenation Materials on Ordinances.pdf


    Thanks, 

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588


  • 13 May 2015 11:19 AM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    SB 5538 Bill Signing Ceremony

    Thursday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m.

      

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Congratulations!

     

    The Governor is taking action on the bill we introduced, SB 5538, concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant, this Thursday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Governor's Conference Room in the Legislative Building (416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Suite 200, Olympia, WA 98504).  We are the 20th bill on the agenda out of 30 bills the Governor will be taking action on.

    A special thanks to Sen. Jan Angel (R-26) who Prime Sponsored the legislation and all our members that worked hard to pass this legislation.  Sen. Jan Angel’s district includes part of Pierce and Kitsap Counties including part of Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor.

     

    We urge you to attend the bill signing ceremony - everyone is invited.  You will be able to get a copy of a picture of the bill signing ceremony with the Governor. 

     

    Please let me know who will be attending.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000


  • 13 Apr 2015 3:00 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:


    Late Thursday night, the Senate passed SHB 1749, concerning contractor registration requirements for owners of property. This piece of legislation takes out the requirement that home owners who have not occupied their home for more than a year must register with L&I as a contractor if they wish to improve upon their house with various construction projects themselves. 

    The bill passed the House unanimously at the beginning of March and quickly moved through the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. Finally, passing out of the Senate with an astounding 46 votes in favor.

    Please contact Rep. Drew MacEwen (drew.macewen@leg.wa.gov), Rep. Matt Manweller (matt.manweller@leg.wa.gov), and Rep. Carry Condotta (cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov) to CONGRATULATE them on getting their legislation through both legislative chambers and thank them for helping everyone in our industry
    .

     

    Thanks, 

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588


  • 08 Apr 2015 2:02 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    This is great news!  If this passes the house then it will probably need to go back to the Senate floor so the Senate (who already passed it unanimously) can vote on any amendments that were added by the house in their final version.  But that means were close!!


    Rob W. Trickler

    Attorney and Counselor at Law

     

     

     

    CONTACT YOUR TWO House Members TO VOTE YES

    On SB 5538

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Congratulations!  Our legislation SB 5538, concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant, was part of a package pull in the House Rules Committee and is now on the House Floor.

     

    SB 5538:

     

    • A rental owner may ask a tenant to designate a representative to contact and administer the tenant’s property should the tenant pass away during the time of the lease.

    • A rental owner must mail and email the designated representative, as well as the emergency contact, and the estate’s personal representative, if known.

    • If a rental owner has notice of this requirement, they may not use the abandonment process for deceased tenants.

    • A rental owner must dispose of any property in a commercially reasonable manner.

    I encourage you to contact your TWO House Members and ask them to support these bills and VOTE YES when it is up on the House Floor.

     

    If you do not know who your two House Member are you can locate them at the following link:  http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

     

    Attached is the list of the House of Representatives.

     

    If the bills are not voted out on the House Floor by Wednesday, April 15 by 5:00 p.m. the bill will be DEAD for the 2015 session.

     

    URGE you to contact your TWO House Members right away.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588

     


  • 07 Apr 2015 11:13 AM | Web Editor (Administrator)


    CONTACT The HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MEMBERS

     To PULL SB 5538:

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    There is a House Rules Committee meeting scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th. We need your help to get our bill pulled from the House Rules Committee to the House Floor. The Representative in Rules who voted the bill out of Committee include the following:

     

     Representative Larry Haler (8th District- Richland)

    ·   SB 5538Concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant.

    ·         A rental owner may ask a tenant to designate a representative to contact and administer the tenant’s property should the tenant pass away during the time of the lease.

    ·         A rental owner must mail and email the designated representative, as well as the emergency contact, and the estate’s personal representative, if known.

    ·         If a rental owner has notice of this requirement, they may not use the abandonment process for deceased tenants.

    ·         A rental owner must dispose of any property in a commercially reasonable manner.

    I encourage you to contact all Representatives on House Rules, asking them to support these bills and VOTE IT OUT to the House Floor.

     

    If you do not know who your two House Member are you can locate them at the following link:  http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

     

    If the bills are not voted out to the House Floor by Wednesday, April 15 by 5:00 p.m. they will be DEAD for the 2015 session.

     

    URGE you to contact House Rules Committee Members right away.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588

    House Rules Committee Members

    Representative

    Room

    Phone

    Chopp, Frank (D)

    Chair

    339C Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7920

    Farrell, Jessyn (D)

    370 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7818

    Haler, Larry (R)

    122D Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7986

    Harmsworth, Mark (R)

    466 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7892

    Harris, Paul (R)

    403 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7976

    Kretz, Joel (R)

    335A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7988

    Kristiansen, Dan (R)

    335C Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7967

    Lytton, Kristine (D)

    429A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7800

    McBride, Joan (D)

    335 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7848

    Moeller, Jim (D)

    429B Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7872

    Orwall, Tina (D)

    326 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7834

    Pettigrew, Eric (D)

    434B Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7838

    Reykdal, Chris (D)

    319 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7940

    Ryu, Cindy (D)

    132D Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7880

    Short, Shelly (R)

    427A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7908

    Springer, Larry (D)

    132E Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7822

    Stambaugh, Melanie (R)

    122E Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7948

    Sullivan, Pat (D)

    339A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7858

    Tarleton, Gael (D)

    334 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7860

    Van De Wege, Kevin (D)

    434A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7916

    Wilcox, J.T. (R)

    426A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7912

    Young, Jesse (R)

    422 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7964

    Zeiger, Hans (R)

    468 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7968

     

  • 27 Mar 2015 12:47 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

    TO SUPPORT

     

    SSB 5221 & SSB 5538

     

     

    Hi Members:

     

    Please notice that our bills, SSB 5221, concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property, and SSB 5538, concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant, are scheduled for Executive Session (vote out of committee) next week on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 am. in the House Judiciary Committee.

     

    I would encourage our members to contact the House Judiciary Committee members asking them to support these bills.

     

    SSB 5221 – Tenant property, disposition (WROA BILL):

    If a landlord places an evicted tenant's property on the nearest public property because the tenant has objected to the landlord storing his or her property, or the landlord elects to place the tenant's property on the public property, the landlord may dispose of the tenants property, at the expense of the tenant, if the tenant's property has remained on the public property for a period of not less than five days.

    (Representatives Johnson, Muri, Stanford & Senators Benton, Roach

     

    SSB 5538 – Deceased tenant property (WROA BILL):

    Establishes procedures for the disposition of the personal property of a residential tenant upon the death of the tenant. Requires a tenant, upon written request of a landlord, to:

    (1) Provide the landlord with the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of a designated person to contact in the event of the tenant's death; and

    (2) Sign a statement authorizing the landlord, in the event of the tenant's death, to settle certain matters relating to the decedent's rental of the property.

    (Representatives Rodne, Wylie, Shea, Johnson, Muri, Stanford, Jinkins& Senators Angel, Sheldon)

     

    ·          

    o    Judiciary - 4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

    o    Full Committee

    House Hearing Rm A
    John L. O'Brien Building
    Olympia, WA 98504

    Executive Session

    1.      SB 5101 - Modifying mental status evaluation provisions.

    2.      SB 5125 - Increasing district court civil jurisdiction.

    3.      E2SSB 5177 - Improving timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services.

    4.      SSB 5221 - Concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property. SUPPORT

    5.      SB 5233 - Concerning notice against trespass.

    6.      ESB 5262 - Releasing juvenile case records to the Washington state office of civil legal aid.

    7.      SSB 5411 - Providing liability immunity for local jurisdictions when wheeled all-terrain vehicles are operated on public roadways.

    8.      SSB 5538 - Concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant.  SUPPORT

    9.      E2SSB 5649 - Concerning the involuntary treatment act.

    10.  SB 5793 - Providing credit towards child support obligations for veterans benefits.

    11.  SSB 6019 - Addressing adjudicative proceedings by state agencies.

     


    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

     

  • 30 Jan 2015 3:28 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Hello Members.  As we mentioned, Legislative session began this month.  We wanted you to have the “Hot Sheet” which includes talking points that will be addressed on Legislative Day, Thursday, February 26th.  This gives you an opportunity to prepare your thoughts and share them with the Representative/Senator in your home district on that day.  There will likely be changes to the fact sheet (including adding bills that we oppose) between now and the date of our Legislative Day; however, this gives you the chance to get a head start.

    In the past few newsletters, I have included information regarding Legislative Day on the 26th, the WROA Board meeting on the 27th, and how to set up an appointment with legislators.  (Those are a part of the attached PDF as well.) Rooms at the Red Lion are reserved for WROA members. If you wish to stay overnight, contact the Red Lion at 360-943-4000.

    In March, we will have a Political Potluck for all of you. At that time, our lobbyists will debrief you on what transpired during the Legislative Session and Legislative Day.  This will be an important event for all of you to know what laws have changed which may have an effect on your future as a landlord / property manager. 

    The Everett Political Potluck will be Saturday, March 14th at 5:30p at the Lions Hall in Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd, Everett, WA  98203.  More information will be provided in future email blasts and the February and March newsletters for other dates and locations. 

    This is an exciting time for WROA!  

    Sincerely,

    Jen Kahler

    office@scaoa.com

    jenkwaa@gmail.com

    425-353-6929

    WROA

    LANS CHAPTER

  • 11 Sep 2014 3:26 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)
    Click on the following link to learn more about discrimination, protected classes, and more.   fair_housing.pdf


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