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  • 02 Dec 2016 2:27 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The December Newsletter is Here!


    If you're a WROA member with a username and password to our website, then you can download a PDF of the WROA newsletter to your desktop computer or mobile device.


    Directions:


    1. Login to our website


    2. Locate the Newsletters section in the Menu on the left side of our Homepage. Please Note: The Newsletters section will only show up in the menu after you login first.


    3. On the Newsletters page, you will see a list of links to each of our monthly newsletters. Click on the newsletter link you wish to view and a PDF should pop up. The top link is our most recent newsletter.


    Note: Many of our past newsletters are on there, so feel free to download and view as many as you like. If you are a member without a username and password, then please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, at 425-353-6929 or katcwaa@gmail.com. She can either set you up with a login or email you a PDF of the newsletter.


  • 18 Nov 2016 12:45 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Governor Inslee’s Anticipated Lead Paint Inspection Program for Residential Rental Housing

     

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    On May 2, 2016 Governor Inslee issued a directive concerning a “response to the growing concerns about lead being found in drinking water in schools and homes across the state.”  He assigned the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to make recommendations, that if approved, will be inserted in the Governor’s Capital Budget that is anticipated to be released before December 20, 2016.

     

    In a recent meeting, I had with Kelly Cooper, DOH Environmental Public Health, she tells me that she would like our opinion that would require landlords to evaluate their rental units built prior to 1960 for lead based paint hazards.  The landlord would employ a contractor with a firm that is “Renovation and Repair Program” certified.  The assessment would be done at change of occupancy or within five years of the effective date.

     

    Based on the Department of Health approximately 225,000 rental units in our state were built before 1960 and about 55% or 123,000 will likely have lead hazards.  DOH says, “While there are potential lead based paint hazards in homes built before 1978, the risk of hazards is much more greater in homes and rentals built before 1960.”

     

    The landlord must provide a “Certificate of Assessment,” certifying that the unit to be rented as “having no lead paint hazards.”  Also, if a tenant requests a “Certificate of Assessment” and the hazard has not been eliminated the landlord must provide an assessment within 60 days. 

     

    Tenant advocates claim that the current system discourages landlords from assessing and addressing lead based paint because the cost of “cleanup” could be significant. 

     

    Recommendations to the Governor include a Capital Program of grants and low-interest loans to help landlords with remediation so that low income housing stock would not be reduced in the market place.

     

    In the event the Governor moves forward on these recommendations bills would be introduced in the House and/or the Senate reflecting more details and the opportunity for us to testify on this legislation. 

     

    Sincerely,

                                                                                          

    Mark Gjurasic

    Washington Rental Owners Association (WROA) Lobbyist

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


    To learn more about Lead Hazards and the Proposed Legislation to be added to chapter 59.18 RCW, please click on the link below.


    Lead & Proposed Legislation



  • 10 Nov 2016 11:12 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    While everyone knew that Americans were unhappy with the status quo in government, it seems that no one predicted the turn of events that lead to Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States.  When Election Day began yesterday, Hillary Clinton (D) needed to win just one of the US battleground states (Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania) and Trump needed to win every one of those states in order to win the presidency...and that is precisely what Trump went out and did.

     

    Nationally, Trump led a Republican advance that leaves D.C. fully in control of Republicans. Both the House of Representatives and the US Senate appear to be controlled by Republicans after the election.

     

    In Washington State, while things changed, they mostly stayed the same. Before the election yesterday Jay Inslee (D) was governor and the House was controlled by Democrats by 2 seats, and the Senate was controlled by a Republican Majority Coalition by 2 seats. With ballots still being counted and several races too close a call, it appears that Jay Inslee will remain as governor, the House will continue to be controlled by Democrats by slightly wider margin (4-6 seats), and the Senate appears to remain with Republican control by 1 seat.  The race for the Senate hinges on the 17th District where Sen. Don Benton (R) retired leaving a vacant seat. Current House member Lynda Wilson (R) appears to have a lead over Democrat challenger Tim Probst (Lynda Wilson (R) 23,895 (54%) - Tim Probst (D) 20,305 (45%)) but many ballots remain to be counted.  That means that we are likely to have a split legislature in 2017 as we have had for the past 4 years.  The Washington Secretary of State has until Thursday, November 8 to certify the General Election.

     

    One additional important thing to note is that with the sad and untimely passing of Sen. Andy Hill, Chair of Senate Ways and Means (R) who lost his battle with a recurrence of lung cancer  (even though he never smoked a day in his life), there will be a special election next summer for his seat, and that election will determine the balance of power in the Washington State Senate.  It is likely to be the most expensive race in Washington state history...surpassing the Jan Angel race a few years ago.

     

    Below is a detailed breakdown of the races, election results, and number of votes as of this morning.

     

    Statewide Election Results:

    Governor Jay Inslee (D) - 56.26%

    Lt. Governor - Cyrus Habib (D) - 55.79%

    Secretary of State - Kim Wyman (R) - 53.17%

    State Treasurer - Duane Davidson (R) - 58.61%

    State Auditor - Pat McCarthy (D) - 53.99%

    Attorney General - Bob Ferguson (D) - 69.18%

     

    WA State Initiatives

    Minimum Wage - Initiative 1433 (Approved 59.47%)

     

    Key State Legislative Races

    Senate:

    •           Sen. Steve Litzow (R) - 45.3% to Lisa Wellman (D) - 54.7%

    •           Sen. Barbara Bailey (R) - 54.89% to Angie Homola (D) - 45.11%

    •           Rep. Lynda Wilson (R-17) - 54.06% to Tim Probst (D) - 45.94%

     

    House:

    •           Rep. Linda Kochmar (R-30) - 44.97% to Mike Pellicciotti (D) - 55.03%

    •           Rep. Teri Hickel (R-30) - 48.11% to Kristine Reeves (D) - 51.89%

    •           Rep. Jesse Young (R-26) - 55.4% to Larry Seaquist (D) 44.6%

    •           Candidate Phil Fortunato (R-31) - 57.31% to Lane Walthers (D) 42.69%

     

    Total Votes to Date (not including write-ins): 37,130

    We will provide you with further updates on the election.  If you have any specific questions on a certain races, feel free to email me.

     

    You can also find current election results on the Washington Secretary of State’s website. http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/

     

    Thanks, 

                                                                                          

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    Cell: (360) 688-4588

    Fax: (360) 841-7062


  • 02 Nov 2016 4:37 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In addition, contributing as an individual and working together as a team helps develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life in the community.


    Provided below is a link to 'The Map Your Neighborhood Neighborhood' PDF. With this information, you can: 

    • learn the first 9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood.
    • Identify the Skills and Equipment Inventory each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills ensures a timely response to a disaster and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
    • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas and propane tanks for quick response if needed.
    • Create a Neighborhood Contact List that identifies those with specific needs such as the elderly, those with a disability, or homes where children may be alone during certain hours of the day.
    • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood after a disaster and take the necessary actions.

    MYN-Overview.pdf

  • 02 Nov 2016 2:51 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Not too long ago, we had two representatives from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) speak at one of our meetings in Everett, WA. One of the things they talked about was the FEMA app. Anyone can download this FREE app to their smartphone.


    Landlords and property managers can also use this app to keep track of weather conditions in the area where their rentals are located. With these weather alerts and safety tips, landlords can be proactive and make sure that tenants are safe and that their buildings are secured before a powerful storm comes their way.


    The app will also allow you to keep track of 5 locations and is available in English and Spanish!


    Click on picture below to view in larger size.



  • 01 Nov 2016 11:05 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The November Newsletter is Here!


    If you're a WROA member with a username and password to our website, then you can download a PDF of the WROA newsletter to your desktop computer or mobile device.


    Directions:


    1. Login to our website


    2. Locate the Newsletters section in the Menu on the left side of our Homepage. Please Note: The Newsletters section will only show up in the menu after you login first.


    3. On the Newsletters page, you will see a list of links to each of our monthly newsletters. Click on the newsletter link you wish to view and a PDF should pop up. The top link is our most recent newsletter.


    Note: Many of our past newsletters are on there, so feel free to download and view as many as you like. If you are a member without a username and password, then please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, at 425-353-6929 or katcwaa@gmail.com. She can either set you up with a login or email you a PDF of the newsletter.

  • 28 Oct 2016 3:53 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Attorney, Daniel J. Stein (of Stein Sudweeks & Houser PLLC) was a guest speaker at our October 25th Meeting in Everett, WA. Daniel provided our attendees with a handout on his meeting topic: Insurance Coverage on Older Buildings: Assignment of Existing Policies and Potential Insurance Coverage for Hidden Damage. 


    If you missed the October Meeting, then no worries. Provided below is a link to the PDF of the meeting handout.


    Meeting Handout PDF

  • 14 Oct 2016 4:29 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that we have recently added a 'Spanish Forms and Documents' page to our website!


    Our country's population has grown more diverse, including our legal interactions between landlords and tenants. Considering the legal requirements to comply with state contract law, tenant rights, and fair housing statutes, there may be cases where landlords must supply tenants with rental forms and documents in Spanish.


    All of the Spanish Forms & Documents are PDFs and are completely writable. To visit our new page, please follow the link below. Please note: you must be signed in first in order to view this page. If you are a member without a login to our website, please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, to get an account setup. Contact Details: 425-353-6929 | lanschapter@wroawaa.com


    SPANISH FORMS & DOCUMENTS


  • 01 Oct 2016 11:50 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The October Newsletter is Here!


    If you're a WROA member with a username and password to our website, then you can download a PDF of the WROA newsletter to your desktop computer or mobile device.


    Directions:


    1. Login to our website


    2. Locate the Newsletters section in the Menu on the left side of our Homepage. Please Note: The Newsletters section will only show up in the menu after you login first.


    3. On the Newsletters page, you will see a list of links to each of our monthly newsletters. Click on the newsletter link you wish to view and a PDF should pop up. The top link is our most recent newsletter.


    Note: Many of our past newsletters are on there, so feel free to download and view as many as you like. If you are a member without a username and password, then please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, at 425-353-6929 or katcwaa@gmail.com. She can either set you up with a login or email you a PDF of the newsletter.


  • 27 Sep 2016 4:33 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    RENT CONTROL UPDATE!


    Dear WROA Members:


    For your information, looks like rent control will be an issue with Democrats in

    the House of Representatives according to Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43).  See the tweet from the Northwest Urbanist, which is a “professional blog of Scott Bonjukian, a practicing planner and urban designer in the Pacific Northwest.


    "Speaker Chopp supports repealing state rent control ban.  And notes there is a lot of state-owned land in city  that could be housing." Northwest Urbanist‏@NWUrbanist


    According to the Northwest Urbanist’s website, on Saturday, September 24 the Capital Hill EcoDistrict hosted a Renter Summit to discuss “rising rents, renter protections, and transportation options.  Attending the  meeting were residents from Capitol Hill, First Hill and Central District as well as Speaker Frank Chopp, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Councilmember Johnson, State Senator Jamie Pedersen and Metro Deputy Manager Victor Obeso.


    During the summit Speaker Chopp, “defended his stance on housing tax break which would apply to existing properties that reserve 25 percent of units for low-income renters.  Chopp pressured the sponsoring legislators to kill the bill in March, citing opposition to subsidizing private corporations.”


    See the following Link: 

    New Movement Seeks to Empower Seattle Renters


    Thanks in advance.

     

    Many thanks. 


    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


    PAC DONATIONS

    TO STOP RENT CONTROL!


    WROA relies on donated PAC funds to fight to pass legislation that supports landlord friendly legislation and oppose those bills which are not in the landlords interest. WROA is fighting for your private property rights and the right to contract as you choose.  WROA is the oldest statewide support group for landlords and was founded by landlords to continuously fight to put the control of private property and to contract back in the hands of property owners.


    However, in order to keep fighting this fight, we need donations. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated!! To make a donation, please contact the LANS Chapter office at 425-353-6929 or lanschapter@wroawaa.com


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