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  • 13 May 2015 11:19 AM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)

    SB 5538 Bill Signing Ceremony

    Thursday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m.

      

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Congratulations!

     

    The Governor is taking action on the bill we introduced, SB 5538, concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant, this Thursday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Governor's Conference Room in the Legislative Building (416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Suite 200, Olympia, WA 98504).  We are the 20th bill on the agenda out of 30 bills the Governor will be taking action on.

    A special thanks to Sen. Jan Angel (R-26) who Prime Sponsored the legislation and all our members that worked hard to pass this legislation.  Sen. Jan Angel’s district includes part of Pierce and Kitsap Counties including part of Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor.

     

    We urge you to attend the bill signing ceremony - everyone is invited.  You will be able to get a copy of a picture of the bill signing ceremony with the Governor. 

     

    Please let me know who will be attending.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000


  • 13 Apr 2015 3:00 PM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:


    Late Thursday night, the Senate passed SHB 1749, concerning contractor registration requirements for owners of property. This piece of legislation takes out the requirement that home owners who have not occupied their home for more than a year must register with L&I as a contractor if they wish to improve upon their house with various construction projects themselves. 

    The bill passed the House unanimously at the beginning of March and quickly moved through the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. Finally, passing out of the Senate with an astounding 46 votes in favor.

    Please contact Rep. Drew MacEwen (drew.macewen@leg.wa.gov), Rep. Matt Manweller (matt.manweller@leg.wa.gov), and Rep. Carry Condotta (cary.condotta@leg.wa.gov) to CONGRATULATE them on getting their legislation through both legislative chambers and thank them for helping everyone in our industry
    .

     

    Thanks, 

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588


  • 08 Apr 2015 2:02 PM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)

    This is great news!  If this passes the house then it will probably need to go back to the Senate floor so the Senate (who already passed it unanimously) can vote on any amendments that were added by the house in their final version.  But that means were close!!


    Rob W. Trickler

    Attorney and Counselor at Law

     

     

     

    CONTACT YOUR TWO House Members TO VOTE YES

    On SB 5538

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Congratulations!  Our legislation SB 5538, concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant, was part of a package pull in the House Rules Committee and is now on the House Floor.

     

    SB 5538:

     

    • A rental owner may ask a tenant to designate a representative to contact and administer the tenant’s property should the tenant pass away during the time of the lease.

    • A rental owner must mail and email the designated representative, as well as the emergency contact, and the estate’s personal representative, if known.

    • If a rental owner has notice of this requirement, they may not use the abandonment process for deceased tenants.

    • A rental owner must dispose of any property in a commercially reasonable manner.

    I encourage you to contact your TWO House Members and ask them to support these bills and VOTE YES when it is up on the House Floor.

     

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

     

    Attached is the list of the House of Representatives.

     

    If the bills are not voted out on the House Floor by Wednesday, April 15 by 5:00 p.m. the bill will be DEAD for the 2015 session.

     

    URGE you to contact your TWO House Members right away.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588

     


  • 07 Apr 2015 11:13 AM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)


    CONTACT The HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MEMBERS

     To PULL SB 5538:

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    There is a House Rules Committee meeting scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th. We need your help to get our bill pulled from the House Rules Committee to the House Floor. The Representative in Rules who voted the bill out of Committee include the following:

     

     Representative Larry Haler (8th District- Richland)

    ·   SB 5538Concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant.

    ·         A rental owner may ask a tenant to designate a representative to contact and administer the tenant’s property should the tenant pass away during the time of the lease.

    ·         A rental owner must mail and email the designated representative, as well as the emergency contact, and the estate’s personal representative, if known.

    ·         If a rental owner has notice of this requirement, they may not use the abandonment process for deceased tenants.

    ·         A rental owner must dispose of any property in a commercially reasonable manner.

    I encourage you to contact all Representatives on House Rules, asking them to support these bills and VOTE IT OUT to the House Floor.

     

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

     

    If the bills are not voted out to the House Floor by Wednesday, April 15 by 5:00 p.m. they will be DEAD for the 2015 session.

     

    URGE you to contact House Rules Committee Members right away.

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588

    House Rules Committee Members

    Representative

    Room

    Phone

    Chopp, Frank (D)

    Chair

    339C Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7920

    Farrell, Jessyn (D)

    370 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7818

    Haler, Larry (R)

    122D Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7986

    Harmsworth, Mark (R)

    466 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7892

    Harris, Paul (R)

    403 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7976

    Kretz, Joel (R)

    335A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7988

    Kristiansen, Dan (R)

    335C Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7967

    Lytton, Kristine (D)

    429A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7800

    McBride, Joan (D)

    335 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7848

    Moeller, Jim (D)

    429B Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7872

    Orwall, Tina (D)

    326 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7834

    Pettigrew, Eric (D)

    434B Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7838

    Reykdal, Chris (D)

    319 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7940

    Ryu, Cindy (D)

    132D Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7880

    Short, Shelly (R)

    427A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7908

    Springer, Larry (D)

    132E Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7822

    Stambaugh, Melanie (R)

    122E Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7948

    Sullivan, Pat (D)

    339A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7858

    Tarleton, Gael (D)

    334 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7860

    Van De Wege, Kevin (D)

    434A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7916

    Wilcox, J.T. (R)

    426A Legislative Building

    (360) 786-7912

    Young, Jesse (R)

    422 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7964

    Zeiger, Hans (R)

    468 John L. O'Brien Building

    (360) 786-7968

     

  • 27 Mar 2015 12:47 PM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)

    CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

    TO SUPPORT

     

    SSB 5221 & SSB 5538

     

     

    Hi Members:

     

    Please notice that our bills, SSB 5221, concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property, and SSB 5538, concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant, are scheduled for Executive Session (vote out of committee) next week on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00 am. in the House Judiciary Committee.

     

    I would encourage our members to contact the House Judiciary Committee members asking them to support these bills.

     

    SSB 5221 – Tenant property, disposition (WROA BILL):

    If a landlord places an evicted tenant's property on the nearest public property because the tenant has objected to the landlord storing his or her property, or the landlord elects to place the tenant's property on the public property, the landlord may dispose of the tenants property, at the expense of the tenant, if the tenant's property has remained on the public property for a period of not less than five days.

    (Representatives Johnson, Muri, Stanford & Senators Benton, Roach

     

    SSB 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)

     

    ·          

    o    Judiciary - 4/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

    o    Full Committee

    House Hearing Rm A
    John L. O'Brien Building
    Olympia, WA 98504

    Executive Session

    1.      SB 5101 - Modifying mental status evaluation provisions.

    2.      SB 5125 - Increasing district court civil jurisdiction.

    3.      E2SSB 5177 - Improving timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services.

    4.      SSB 5221 - Concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property. SUPPORT

    5.      SB 5233 - Concerning notice against trespass.

    6.      ESB 5262 - Releasing juvenile case records to the Washington state office of civil legal aid.

    7.      SSB 5411 - Providing liability immunity for local jurisdictions when wheeled all-terrain vehicles are operated on public roadways.

    8.      SSB 5538 - Concerning procedures and requirements relating to the death of a tenant.  SUPPORT

    9.      E2SSB 5649 - Concerning the involuntary treatment act.

    10.  SB 5793 - Providing credit towards child support obligations for veterans benefits.

    11.  SSB 6019 - Addressing adjudicative proceedings by state agencies.

     


    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

     

  • 30 Jan 2015 3:28 PM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)

    Hello Members.  As we mentioned, Legislative session began this month.  We wanted you to have the “Hot Sheet” which includes talking points that will be addressed on Legislative Day, Thursday, February 26th.  This gives you an opportunity to prepare your thoughts and share them with the Representative/Senator in your home district on that day.  There will likely be changes to the fact sheet (including adding bills that we oppose) between now and the date of our Legislative Day; however, this gives you the chance to get a head start.

    In the past few newsletters, I have included information regarding Legislative Day on the 26th, the WROA Board meeting on the 27th, and how to set up an appointment with legislators.  (Those are a part of the attached PDF as well.) Rooms at the Red Lion are reserved for WROA members. If you wish to stay overnight, contact the Red Lion at 360-943-4000.

    In March, we will have a Political Potluck for all of you. At that time, our lobbyists will debrief you on what transpired during the Legislative Session and Legislative Day.  This will be an important event for all of you to know what laws have changed which may have an effect on your future as a landlord / property manager. 

    The Everett Political Potluck will be Saturday, March 14th at 5:30p at the Lions Hall in Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd, Everett, WA  98203.  More information will be provided in future email blasts and the February and March newsletters for other dates and locations. 

    This is an exciting time for WROA!  

    Sincerely,

    Jen Kahler

    office@scaoa.com

    jenkwaa@gmail.com

    425-353-6929

    WROA

    LANS CHAPTER

  • 11 Sep 2014 3:26 PM | Jen Kahler (Administrator)
    Click on the following link to learn more about discrimination, protected classes, and more.   fair_housing.pdf


  • 04 Mar 2014 4:25 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for a Webinar on March 26

     

    Space is limited.
    Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
    https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/948907961

     

    Title:  Searching for Affordable Housing opportunities and Residential Facilities on HousingSearchNW.org

    Date:   Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Time:   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT

     

    Learn about Washington’s free housing locator service, www.HousingSearchNW.org, now supporting Adult Family Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in addition to rental properties for affordable, independent living.

    -View a live demo of HousingSearchNW.org for locating independent affordable housing and residential facilities across Washington.

    -See how easy it is to search for housing opportunities using very specific criteria such as affordability, accessibility, services provided, payment forms accepted, proximity to public transit, building type, and other key amenities.

    -Learn about services offered by the toll-free call center, from updating listings to assisting tenants with housing location.

    -Hear about the agencies helping to fund and promote the expansion of HousingSearchNW.org, what they are doing to ensure the site’s success, and what you can do to help spread the word.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

     

    Mary Schwartz

    Data Systems & Performance Measurement

    Community Services & Housing Division 
    Department of Commerce 
    1011 Plum Street
    PO Box 42525
    Olympia, WA  98504-2525
    Telephone 360.725.2982
    FAX 360.586.5880 
    mary.schwartz@commerce.wa.gov
    Work hours: M - TH 6:00am - 4:30pm

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  • 25 Feb 2014 2:17 PM | Anonymous
    Come to Olympia to Testify in Opposition of HB 1651 Monday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. Dear Rob and other WAA Members: HB 1651, sealing juvenile records, is scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee in the JA Cherberg Building Room 1. I need you to come to Olympia to testify in opposition of this legislation. I also urge you to Contact Members of the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee to OPPOSE HB 1651. Please Contact, via phone and email, the Committee Members to “OPPOSE HB 1651.” For your convenience, attached is the contact information for the Committee Members. Please let me know who is able to come to Olympia to testify. HB 1651 – Sealing Juvenile Records: This bill would seal juvenile records from access unless the juvenile has been adjudicated for a number of random crimes. The court may release juvenile records for inspection upon good cause show. (Representatives Kagi, Walsh, Freeman, Roberts, Farrell, Zeiger, Goodman, Pollet, Sawyer, Appleton, Bergquist, S. Hunt, Moscoso, Jinkins, Ryu, Morrell) HB STATUS: Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee Human Services & Corrections - 02/24/14 10:00 am Full Committee Senate Hearing Rm 1 J.A. Cherberg Building Olympia, WA Public Hearing: 2SHB 1651 - Concerning access to juvenile records. SHB 2518 - Creating the pilot identicard program. HB 2585 - Concerning income eligibility for temporary assistance for needy families benefits for a child. 2SHB 2627 - Concerning the arrest of individuals who suffer from chemical dependency. E2SHB 2639 - Concerning state purchasing of mental health and chemical dependency treatment services. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business. Committee Meeting Documents Note: Documents are not available online until the meeting has begun. Many thanks. Mark Gjurasic Public Affairs of Washington, LLC mgjurasic@comcast.net (360) 481-6000
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