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  • 24 Feb 2017 4:05 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    WROA Call to Action - SB 5013 & SB 5569

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    There are two bills that are still alive that WROA supports that we need to get our members to contact the Senate Rules Committee Members -


    Senate Rules Committee list is attached.

     

    These bills need to be out of the Senate Rules Committee and voted on the Senate Floor by Thursday, March 8th to stay alive for the 2017 session.

     

    Attached is a Call to Action.

     

    Thank you in advance.

                                                                                          

    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


  • 07 Feb 2017 3:46 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The February 2017 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 Jan 2017 12:00 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members: 


    We would like to invite you to join us for Legislative Day on the Hill.  We meet at the seal in the Capital at 9:00am on February 8th to get hot sheets and discuss the important bills that we wish to support and those we wish to oppose and why.  From there, we break up to individual meetings with our lawmakers. Our members can call in advance to make short appointments. Contact info for lawmakers is in the web link below. 


    Capitol Address: 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW | Olympia, WA 98504


    Later that day, we will have a reception at the Red Lion Inn at 5:30pmCost for the reception is $45 and includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks and mingling with the lawmakers that impact our futures. The LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, will have a table set up to collect payment. Check or Cash accepted.


    Red Lion Inn Address: 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502


    Legislative Fact: Last year, 25% of all lawmakers in Olympia were present or represented at our reception! 

    Contact info for your lawmakers

    We recommend that our members contact their one Senator and their two house members.
    If you do not know who your three lawmakers are according to your district, then you can locate them at the following link:  http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

    Provided below is a link to the contact information for each lawmaker:

    http://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members


  • 27 Jan 2017 11:30 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Please Oppose Source of Income - HB 1633 & SB 5408


    Background


    The bill would require a landlord to accept any source of income no matter the duration or

    permanency of the source.


    The bill defines Source of Income as follows: "Source of income" includes income derived from social security, supplemental security income, other retirement programs, and any federal, state, local, or nonprofit-administered benefit or subsidy programs, including housing

    assistance, public assistance, and general assistance programs. This means that landlords would have to accept every local nonprofit subsidy, no matter the source permanency, or the duration of the voucher.


    Income Formula Unfair


    In fact, the bill says that, “any source of income in the form of a rent voucher or subsidy must be subtracted from the total of the monthly rent prior to calculating if the income criteria have been met.” So if someone had a local one-time subsidy for $1,000 and the rent is $1,200, even if they only make $600 per month (at a 3x rent amount) a landlord would be required to rent to them, even though their entire monthly income, without the subsidy, is only half of the monthly rental amount.


    Putting Tenants in an Untenable Situation Increases Housing Costs


    Requiring landlords to accept every local nonprofit subsidy, no matter the source permanency, or duration of the voucher causes the real problem, and that is putting a tenant in a rental unit that requires all or most of their monthly income to be devoted to rent, thereby putting the tenant in an impossible position, especially if the subsidy was only temporary. This leads to evictions and increased costs for housing, making it even harder for the industry to provide affordable housing and for tenants to obtain stable places to live.


    New Cause of Action and Treble Damages


    The bill also makes a violation of its terms a new cause of action and includes treble damages and attorney’s fees. “A person in violation of this section may be held liable in a civil action for up to treble the damages sustained by the tenant or applicant. The prevailing party may also recover court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees.” Treble damages multiplier is inappropriate.


    Source of income discrimination should not be treated different and harsher than any other type of discrimination


    This Forces Landlords to Contract with the Government


    This bill would force landlords to accept and enter into a contract with the government whether or not the landlord wants to do so. The landlord would be forced to accept the rules and regulations added by the government such as an initial one year lease whether or not the landlord wants that and not being able to terminate a subsequent month to month tenancy without cause.


    More Results


    As noted, the bill will cause landlords to enhance rents and other screening criteria to escape the new environment. This will also cause many landlords to sell rental property that will likely be taken for personal residence use. The end result will be a tightening of criteria for acceptable rental applicants and a reduction of available rental property inventory. This means rents will continue to increase, the resulting impact hitting the very tenants meant to be protected.


    The legislature is attempting to erode the landlord's ability to protect and safeguard their

    financial investments by forcing landlords to accept voucher tenants.


    Before 1 Feb 2017 please help contact your lawmakers!


    We recommend that our members contact their one Senator and their two house members to REJECT this legislation.  


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


    See link below for contact information for each lawmaker:

    http://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members


  • 19 Jan 2017 11:35 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that our hotel block of rooms will expire on Friday, January 20, 2017. 


    If you haven’t booked your room, here is the link and our event code: WASH0208


    https://reservations.redlion.com/ibe/details.aspx?hotelID=13753&langID=1&group=WASH0208&hgID=280&dt1=6247&nights=3&rooms=1&adults=1&child1=0


  • 19 Jan 2017 11:24 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    SB 5286 – Commercial Rent Control Legislation Introduce in Senate

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    SB 5286, prohibiting regulation of the amount of rent for commercial properties, was just introduced in the Senate.  The Prime Sponsor of the legislation is Sen. Jan Angel (R-26).  Other sponsors include Senators: Hobbs, Fain, and Takko.

     

    This bill does not allow local government to decide on commercial real-estate rent control.  This gives the same protection as residential rent control in that local jurisdictions cannot invoke rent control on a local basis i.e. towns, cities and counties.

     

    We also want to thank Don Arsenault who came to Olympia to testify yesterday on the companion bill, HB 1082!  This bill was Prime Sponsored by Rep. Matt Manweller (R-13).  Other sponsors include Representatives: Condotta, and Buys.

     

    We recommend that our members contact their one Senator and their two house members to support this legislation.  If you do not know who your three lawmakers are you can locate them at the following link:  http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

     

    See the following link for information on each lawmaker: http://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members

     

    We will notify you once SB 5286 is scheduled for a hearing to come to Olympia to testify in support of this legislation.

     

    Thank you in advance.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000


  • 13 Jan 2017 12:09 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    URGENT MESSAGE – HB 1082 Hearing

    Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m.

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    HB 1082, prohibiting regulation of the amount of rent for commercial properties, Prime Sponsored by Rep. Matt Manweller (R-17), Assistant Minority Floor Leader, is scheduled for a hearing in the Local Government Committee next week on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the John L. O’Brien Building Room D.

     

    This bill gives the same protection(s) as was given in 1982 to residential rental properties against rent control in local jurisdictions.

     

    It would be my recommendation that WROA support commercial real-estate as well to show unity.

     

    I am hoping that someone could come and testify in support of this bill, please circulate this notice

     

    Please advise.

     

    Local Government
    1/17/17 10:00 am

    House Full Committee
    House Hearing Rm D
    John L. O'Brien Building
    Olympia, WA

    Public Hearing:

    1. HB 1024 - Authorizing cities and counties to facilitate the maintenance and repair of private roadways impacting the public interest.
    2. HB 1082 - Prohibiting regulation of the amount of rent for commercial properties. SUPPORT


  • 13 Jan 2017 11:58 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    URGENT MESSAGE – SB 5013 & SB 5015 Scheduled for a Hearing

    Tuesday, January 17 at 8:00 a.m.

     

    COME TO OLYMPIA TO TESTIFY

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Two bills that WROA is introducing in the 2017 session are scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, January 17 at 8:00 a.m. in the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee in the JA Cherberg Building Room 2

    • SB 5013 - Concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property. (Prime Sponsor Sen. Judy Warnick)
    • Currently there is no guidance as to how long tenant property should be left on the curb after an eviction. This bill allows for the disposal of tenant property after 5 days.
    • SB 5015 - Concerning unlawful detainer actions for at-will tenancies. (Prime Sponsor Sen. Judy Warnick)
      • Applies to “tenants” who occupy a residence without a rental agreement and without having a denominated rental amount but with prior consent and who have been served with a 30-day notice to move but refuse to leave.
      • Allows a property owner to use the unlawful detainer process on these “tenants” to remove them from their property

     

    I need you to come to Olympia to testify in support of our legislation.

     

    Please let me know who is planning on attending.

     

     

     

    Added: SB 5042 and SB 5043 to Public Hearing.

    Financial Institutions & Insurance - 1/17/2017 8:00 a.m.

    Senate Full Committee
    Senate Hearing Rm 2
    J.A. Cherberg Building
    Olympia, WA

    REVISED ON 1/13/2017 AT 9:03 AM

    Public Hearing:

    1. SB 5007 - Addressing surplus line broker licensing.
    2. SB 5013 - Concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property.
    3. SB 5015 - Concerning unlawful detainer actions for at-will tenancies.
    4. SB 5042 - Authorizing funeral planning and funeral services as noninsurance benefits under group life and disability insurance policies.
    5. SB 5043 - Concerning collection agency transaction fees for processing electronic payments.


    Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

     

    Thank you in advance.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000


  • 23 Dec 2016 12:28 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    I wanted to take a minute to wish all of my clients a very happy holiday season on behalf of myself and everyone here at The Law Office of Rob W. Trickler PLLC and All County Evictions as well as the Washington Rental Owners Association.


    Holidays can be stressful for many of us when it should be a time of harmony.  My staff and I truly hope you can all find some time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.


    For Landlords, the New Year promises to be a challenging one. We seem to be in a full on assault against landlords in this state. Our own attorney general is hunting and fining landlords based on the new HUD disparate impact policy that says if a landlord has a blanket policy of denying tenancy to felons that landlord is practicing racial discrimination. The City of Seattle is finding every creative way possible to force landlords into a position of not being able to screen and turn away anyone and other areas of the state are following their lead. The latest ordinance requires you take the very first applicant that qualifies and that you screen each applicant as they come in so that you may not choose between qualified applicants. Also new is one that limits a landlord's total move in deposits to no more than the equivalent of one month in rent and requires the landlord to finance that deposit over the course of a lease, at the landlords risk and expense.


    Finally rent control will be very much on this legislative agenda. Despite the copious volumes of facts and evidence that show rent control to be disastrous, there are still cities that wish to implement it in both the commercial and residential sides of our industry. That is going to be our big battle on Capitol Hill this year.


    In 2017 it is going to be harder to be a landlord than it has been in 2016. My advice, take the holidays to decompress then hit the new year with a new dedication to fine tuning your best practices and implementing plans that maximize your protection. As always, I will do what I can to help if asked, both in my capacity as a landlord attorney and also as president of the Washington Rental Owners Association. I encourage you all to take advantage of both.


    On behalf of all of us here have a very relaxing and decompressing holiday!


    Rob W. Trickler

    Attorney and Counselor at Law

    President Washington Rental Owners Association


  • 07 Dec 2016 3:38 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Larry Diamond has produced TRENDS for 32 years! TRENDS is the largest rental housing management conference and trade show in the Northwest! We want to thank Larry for his many years of fantastic productions! His talents and efforts have made our industry so much better!



    Larry Diamond with friends at his retirement dinner!




    December 6th was the TRENDS Trade Show in Seattle. WROA & the Washington State Convention Center teamed up to provide Larry this delicious cake at the TRENDS after-party.

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