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  • 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.

  • 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.

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