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.