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  • 15 Jun 2016 2:13 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Due to the number of submissions we received, we decided to extend the deadline date to June 30th 2016 so everyone can contribute their stories.

    We welcome all WROA Members and Non-Members to participate in a story writing contest about the rental industry. Tell us an anecdote about something you have personally experienced as a landlord or property manager. Also add what you have learned from your experience! The experience can be positive, negative or a little bit of both. It's your story and we want to hear it! The length of the story is determined by you.

     The writer of the top story will win a 

    $100 gift card to Home Depot! 


    LANS Chapter Members and Non-Members: 

    Submit your stories to lanschapter@wroawaa.com

    Submissions can also be mailed or faxed.

    Fax: 425-353-7132. Address: 3301 Rucker Ave. Suite A, Everett, WA 98201. If you have any additional questions, please call 425-353-6929.

    PROA Chapter Members: 

    Submit your stories to proachapter@wroawaa.com

    Submissions can also be mailed or faxed.

    Fax: 360-479-5611. Address: 645 4th Street, #204, Bremerton, WA 98337. If you have any additional questions, please call 360-479-1683.

    Rob Trickler's Clients: 

    Submit your stories to reception@tricklerlaw.com

    Submission can also be mailed or faxed.  

    Fax: 425-493-5348 | Address: 2302 Rucker Avenue, #4 Everett, WA 98201. If you have any additional questions, please contact 425-609-1876

  • 10 Jun 2016 12:45 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members: 

    You are already required to provide all prospective applicants a list of your disqualifying criteria before taking their money to pay for a screening report. You simply have to add on that list of criteria a disclosure that you do not accept portable screening reports. That is only if you do NOT accept them, and I do not recommend that you do but that remains a business decision you are entirely free to make. If you have your own web site to advertise your rentals then the same disclosure must go on the website. That is the only trade off that impacts the operation of your rental business.

    If you do not have a Tenant Criteria Sheet, then we highly recommend to use ours. At the top of this form, you can let applicants know that you do or do not accept a Portable Tenant Screening Report.

    All WROA members can obtain this document from our 'Forms and Documents' section on our website. On that page, go to the drop down menu and pull up the PDF titled 'Notice to Applicants for Tenancy.' This is a writable PDF, so you can edit it from our website or you can download it to your desktop and edit it from there. 

    Please Note: You have to have an account with us in order to go into our website and use our forms. If you are a member and you have yet to be setup with a username and password, then please contact Katrina at 425-353-6929.

  • 09 Jun 2016 7:05 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Today, 9 June 2016 is the day that SB6413 goes into effect. Unless your rental agreement says otherwise, from today on you will have 21 days instead of 14 days to disposition and return any damage deposit! If your rental agreement does not specify a time to disposition then you can immediately take advantage of the extra week to identify and quantify your damages.

    This is especially important given the Jessica Mae Goodeill vs Madison Real Estate case decided in 2014. In that case, which was an appeal of a small claims action, the landlord had sent an initial disposition timely (within the 14 days required at the time) and then later sent an updated bill when additional damages were finally quantified. The court ruled that the landlord was NOT allowed to do this unless the landlord has proven that the landlord had done absolutely everything in their power to have all the charges discovered and disclosed within the 14 days and could not because of events entirely out of the landlords control.

    Having a contractor that did not provide timely information was not sufficient to meet that burden of proof. Many landlords operated that same way, including me, until this case pulled the rug out from under us and made that 14 days a hard cut off. This new law was our answer to that. In return a landlord has only a simple new requirement. You are already required to provide all prospective applicants a list of your disqualifying criteria before taking their money to pay for a screening report. You simply have to add on that list of criteria a disclosure that you do not accept portable screening reports. That is only if you do NOT accept them, and I do not recommend that you do but that remains a business decision you are entirely free to make. If you have your own web site to advertise your rentals then the same disclosure must go on the website. That is the only trade off that impacts the operation of your rental business.

    Remember, if your rental agreement says the landlord will disposition and return deposit within 14 days or some lesser number of days then you are still obligated to comply with your contract until you change it. You may change it by agreement or you may force the change under certain circumstances. If you have a month to month rental agreement then you may use a written 30 day rule change to make the correction but you must make the change effective on the first day of some rental period and only the first day of some rental period (in addition to 30 days written notice). If you have a lease of some other period then you may still use the 30 day rule change but it may not take effect until the first day after

    the lease expires.

    GOOD LUCK and make the best of your extra week. Washington Rental Owners Association worked hard to get it for you!!

    Rob Trickler

    WROA President and Attorney at Law

  • 27 May 2016 3:12 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Hello all. Some of you know me, Rob Trickler, from All County Evictions, some from The Law Office of Rob W. Trickler PLLC, some from my property management company The Landlord Law Group and finally, some know me as president of Washington Rental Owners Association (WROA). I want to announce that WROA is sponsoring a contest we can all participate in!!! The winner of this contest will enjoy a $100.00 gift card to Home Depot. We can all use that, right?

    We all know that learning happens everyday in this profession. We are looking to share the hardest lesson you have ever learned in your career as a Landlord. Tell us your horror story and you might actually profit from it! Maybe it relates to a tenant. Maybe it’s a financial deal that didn’t go as planned. It could be a maintenance or deferred maintenance disaster. Perhaps some vendor or contractor relationship that went south. Anything goes as long as it relates to being a landlord and the business of being a landlord. It would be most beneficial to our group as a whole if you would also share the lesson that you learned from the experience.

    The only other condition is that by submitting your story you agree to donate your story for the purpose of publishing. No copyrights and no royalties. The plan is to share your knowledge with our members on a regular basis through our website, social media, and newsletter. If we are fortunate enough to get a substantial amount of valuable hard earned lessons they will be compiled into a book or an e-book that will be available for the landlord looking to learn from the experiences of others. Let’s do our industry a favor and see if we can’t pool our vast experience base for the benefit of our fellow landlords.

    Submissions can be emailed to reception@tricklerlaw.com (preferably in Word format), or faxed or mailed to our office. Fax: 425-493-5348 | Address: 2302 Rucker Avenue, #4 Everett, WA 98201 | If you have any additional questions, please contact 425-609-1876

    Please have your stories to me by 15 June 2016!! We will announce the winner by 30 July 2016. Make sure we have your contact info on your story so we can get you that $100 Home Depot Gift Card!

  • 28 Apr 2016 10:58 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear Washington Rental Owner’s Association Member:

    Provided in the following link is a Legislative Update of the bills your lobbyists, Mark Gjurasic and Chester Baldwin, have been monitoring in the 60-Day 2016 Legislative Session which was scheduled to sine die on Thursday, March 10.

    PDF Link: WROA Final Legislative Report - 2016

    Governor Jay Inslee called a 30 Day Special Session on the evening of Thursday, March 10 to finalize the Supplemental Budget, which lasted for an additional 20 days. The 2016 Legislative Session adjourned late on Tuesday, March 29 with a total of 80 days. On Monday, April 18, 2016 the Governor signed the 2016 Supplemental Budget into law.

  • 22 Apr 2016 1:30 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:

    Please note that our lease agreement has been updated in accordance to the new law on security deposits. The new lease agreement can be found on our website under 'Forms and Documents'. It is labeled as 'WROA Lease Agreement.' The 'Forms and Documents' section is a members-only section so make sure you have your login information. If you are having trouble logging into the website, please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina at katcwaa@gmail.com or 425-353-6929.

  • 15 Apr 2016 2:19 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)



    Update On Portable Report Legislation


    April 15, 2016

    Property management companies are NOT AUTHORIZED to use a Portable Report! A tenant may share a portable report with ONLY A LANDLORD (owner operated rentals). The current situation (marketing of portable report to property managers) has been turned over to Compliance Department of Experian Credit Bureau.

    Strongly Suggested: DO NOT SUPPORT THE PORTABLE REPORT. UNLESS YOU ARE A LANDLORD (own and manage your own rentals).

  • 04 Apr 2016 1:19 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    WROA Lobbyists, Tenant Advocacy & Landlord Association Representatives
    gather around Governor Inslee as he signs

    the new bill into law - March 29th, 2016

  • 01 Apr 2016 12:56 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    This new bill will change how Washington State Landlords & Property Managers run their rental business!!

    The Washington Rental Owners Association wants our landlords to know we got another bill through to help landlords.  Working with a coalition and using the talented lobby team that WROA employs with Rob Trickler as president, we got SB6413 signed by the governor on March 29th.  We have worked very hard on this bill and want you to know how to implement it.

    The big win is that it will give landlords an increase from 14 days to 21 days to mail out the
    itemized damage report and any deposit refund due.  Landlords got a 50% increase in the time they have to assess the proper amount of deposit to retain.  Be careful though.  If your rental agreement says your deposit and itemized report will be returned in 14 days because your agreement recited the law as it was at that time, you will need to change it with a 30 rule change at the end of the rental period or expiration of the lease.  If its in your contract as 14 days your still going to be held to that until the contract is lawfully changed.  My rental agreement and that of WROA are being updated accordingly. 

    This is a good case for why reciting the law in a rental agreement may not be to your advantage. The trade off in the bill is minimal.  You will now be required to add to your rental criteria disclosure whether or not you accept a portable screening report.  Nothing requires you to accept one or not accept one, simply to disclose whether or not you do before the tenant applies.

    Finally, the bill gave tenants who were wrongfully sued in an unlawful detainer (eviction) and
    win that suit because the suit was wrong in the first place, to keep that case from being passed on to screening report companies.  The tenant would have to get an order of limited dissemination from the court and that order would do nothing to seal the file.  The court record would still remain unsealed and accessible by the public, it simply won’t show up on a screening report.  For example if a minor is wrongfully added to the lawsuit then that minor is later trying to rent as an adult, that person has grounds to ask that the screening companies not be made aware of the improper suit against them as a minor.

    All in all it’s a reasonable outcome to a lot of hard work on our part.  We hope you make good use of the extra week to get good accurate assessments of what should be done with your deposits.  It's your membership in WROA that make these lobby efforts possible!!

    To learn more about Senate Bill 6413, please see link below:

    SENATE BILL 6413

  • 18 Feb 2016 3:50 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    In Olympia, we have worked hard to represent our Landlords in this year's legislative session. Provided in the links below is information on the bills we are for and against as well as legislative session information.

    Legislative Fact Sheet

    Senate Rules Pull Request

    WROA Weekly Legislative Report Week 3

    WROA Weekly Legislative Report Week 4

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