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  • 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


  • 15 Sep 2016 1:36 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The September 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.

  • 08 Sep 2016 12:43 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    The Seattle City Council is at it again.  When I first saw this I thought that this must be the “Homeless Bill of Rights” with the “Right to Rest” coming to Seattle from Arizona and other places, but this seems to be slightly different, even if just as problematic.  This bill deals with homeless encampments and seriously limits the City’s ability to remove them.

     

    This proposed ordinance would require the city to perform significant duties including “The City shall provide outreach, basic garbage, sanitation, and harm reduction services upon request at outdoor living spaces containing more than five individuals”.  Also, there are onerous provisions before the city can relocate, move, or impound any homeless encampment or their property.  It goes so far as to say that the City must catalogue the belongings (in painstaking detail) if they choose to remove or impound property…but only after giving 30-90 days’ notice first in most cases.

     

    Below is an article from the Seattle Times with outrage from Seattle citizens that the City would even take THESE measures, calling them Draconian towards the homeless population.

     

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-city-council-gets-an-earful-as-it-weighs-protections-for-homeless-in-camp-evictions/

     

    While this bill talks mostly about City property, I think that we should be following these developments closely because I believe that this could effect our property rights significantly with a few small changes.  Take a look and let me know what you guys think.


    Proposed Seattle Ordinance Link: PDF

     

    Thanks, 

     

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    Cell: (360) 688-4588

    Fax: (360) 841-7062

  • 07 Sep 2016 4:30 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    INTRODUCTION:


    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Provided below is the latest update on the Governor's Efforts for the Lead Inspection Program.

     

    Best regards,


    Mark Gjurasic

    WROA Lobbyist

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000


                                                                                         



    Dear Lead in Rental Housing Stakeholder Group,

     

    Thank you for attending our meeting regarding the rental housing component of the Governor’s directive on lead on 6/23.  At that meeting I committed to providing you with some options for your consideration. I have provided some background information as well as answers to some common questions I have gotten about lead in rental housing as well as high level overviews of two options for addressing the Governor’s directive on lead.

     

    I will quote the piece of the Governor’s directive that we are attempting to address here:

     

    “DOH shall determine the viability and potential policy changes associated with developing a Lead Rental Inspection and Registry Program to require residential rental properties built before 1978 to register and complete a lead inspection and demonstrate safety at each change of occupancy.”

     

    Why pre-1978 rental housing?

    Dust from lead based paint is the number one lead exposure source for children under 6 according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Lead based paint was banned in 1979 so all units built before this time may contain lead based paint. Rental housing has been shown in the research to be a risk factor for elevated blood lead levels.

     

    Doesn’t the current law solve this problem?

    The Environmental Protection Agency requires landlords to provide tenants with a EPA lead pamphlet, provide any information they have about lead based paint, and have tenants sign a lead disclosure.  It is good that tenants are informed about lead based paint. However, this policy creates a disincentive for owners to find out if they have lead based paint in their rental properties because they would have to disclose that information to tenants and when they sold the property.  We also know that the problem isn’t solved because in the first half of 2016 there were 261 children in Washington with elevated blood lead levels despite the fact that only about 3% of children in Washington are tested for lead.

     

    Why is lead exposure a problem?

    Children exposed to even small amounts of lead do worse at school, have lower IQ scores, and have more anti-social and attention-related behavior problems. The effects of lead exposure are permanent.

     

    What is DOH going to recommend to Governor Inslee?

    In our first stakeholder meeting I said that I would create some policy options for the group to comment on.  In order to do this I reviewed state and local laws and read any scientific literature evaluating those policies.  Below I will give a broad overview of the two options we are considering

     

    Option 1: Rental Registry Program

    States like Rhode Island and cities like Rochester, NY and San Diego, CA require rental housing to undergo a lead inspection and for landlords to fix lead hazards before they can be occupied.  A similar policy could be enacted in Washington.

     

    Based on data on rental housing from the U.S. Census we estimate that there are about half a million pre-1979 rental homes.  Based on research on lead hazards in homes by Jacobs et. al. 2002 we estimate that 28% of those or 146,859 units would have lead hazards.

     

    Table 1: Estimated number of Rental Housing Units at Risk of Containing Lead Hazards in Washington State

    Age of Housing in Washington State

    No. of Units*

    No. Renter Occupied**

    % At Risk***

    est. no. Units at risk

    Built 1960-1979

    786,670

    290,967

    8%

                    23,277

    Built 1940-1959

    377,734

    118,771

    43%

                    51,072

    Built Before 1940

    315,930

    106,633

    68%

                    72,510

    Total

    1,480,334

    516,371

    28%

                 146,859

    U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year estimates, Table B25034* & B25036**, Jacobs, David E., et al. "The prevalence of lead-based paint hazards in US housing." Environmental health perspectives 110.10 (2002): A599.***

     

    Although the governor’s directive says that inspections would occur at each change of occupancy we would recommend that inspections occur at 5 year intervals. Inspections would be performed by an EPA certified lead paint inspector or lead risk assessor and results of those inspections would be kept in a searchable lead registry.Korfmaccher 2012 found that in Rochester, NY the average cost of compliance with their lead in rental housing policy was $1700 which in Washington would be approximately $877 million dollars in compliance costs for landlords. Many of the expenses, however, would be onetime costs and the Washington State Chemical Action Plan for Lead conservatively estimates that IQ loss from lead exposure costs Washington State $675 million a year.

     

    Option 2: Remediating Homes where Kids have had Elevated Blood Lead Levels

    In the first half of 2016 there were 261 children under 6 with elevated blood lead levels over 5 ug/dL including 65 children with blood lead levels over 10 ug/dL. Approximately 3% of children in Washington are screened for blood lead every year. DOH or local health partners conduct home investigations for children with blood lead levels greater that 10 ug/dL. During those investigations the health officer determines the source of the lead exposure.

     

    Under this option, if the local health or DOH investigator identifies a rental home as the source of the lead exposure the owner would be responsible for removing the lead hazard or otherwise making the unit lead safe. Criteria for lead safe will either be equal to the standard set in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Lead-Safe Housing rule (Subpart J) or through standards set by DOH in rulemaking. Repairs would have to be conducted by workers and firms with lead safe Renovation Repair and Painting (RRP) certifications or by the owner using lead safe work practices. During the repairs tenants will be provided with temporary housing.  The unit will have to pass lead clearance testing before the tenants can move back into the unit. DOH or our partners will do outreach to landlords to inform them of best practices for maintaining lead safe properties.

     

    Revolving Loan Fund

    Under either option there is the possibility that a landlord would be unable to afford the necessary repairs.  DOH is considering the option of creating a revolving loan fund that would provide zero cost loans to landlords for lead remediation or lead abatement activities.

     

    Request for Input

    We are interested in your feedback and the feedback of your constituents on these two options. If you have any questions about the policies please contact me at rad.cunningham@doh.wa.gov or 360-236-3359 (my direct line)

     

    Thank you,

     

    -Rad Cunningham, MPH, MPA

     

    Rad Cunningham, MPH, MPA

    Check out our data tools: http://WTN.doh.wa.gov
    Epidemiologist, Healthy Community Design

    Division of Environmental Public Health 
    Washington State Department of Health 
    PO Box 47846 
    Olympia, WA 98504-7846 
    (360) 236-3359 - phone 
    (360) 236-3059 - fax 
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/Lead/default.htm


    Physical Address:  243 Israel Road SE, Tumwater WA 98501

    Public Health  Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington


  • 01 Sep 2016 1:14 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    TRENDS 2016

    Education Conference & Trade Show


    32nd Annual TRENDS 2016   

    December 6th

    Washington Convention Center, Seattle


    TRENDS is the Oldest and Largest Northwest Rental Housing Education 

    Conference and Trade Show! OVER 1,500 PEOPLE attend TRENDS! 

    TRENDS hosts a 215 Booth TRADE SHOW!


    This year TRENDS will be celebrating it’s 32nd year of production in a VERY big-way. The conference draws over 1,500 attendees and hosts the biggest industry trade show of 215 exhibits. The TRENDS education schedule offers 40 outstanding workshops. This year’s TRENDS should be the biggest conference ever.


    Who attends TRENDS?

    Rental housing property owners; property managers; leasing agents; maintenance personnel and portfolio managers.


    TRENDS is the premier annual education conference and trade show for Northwest rental housing ownership, management and maintenance. TRENDS is a national award-winning event.


    The admission to TRENDS 2016 includes the TRADE SHOW, WORKSHOPS AND LUNCH all for $65 if payment is received by November 28, 2016, $80 after November 28, 2016.


    Washington State Real Estate Clock Hour (3 CRE credits) workshop credits are also available for 

    an additional $25.


    Ticket Discount Available—When Purchasing 9 or more Tickets • Call: 800-335-2990 or e-mail: events@RHAwa.org


    TRENDS is also very proud to hold the distinction of being the longest running a continuously produced event at the Washington Convention Center.


    See the TRENDS website at  www.trendsnw.com


    This years TRENDS Education Conference will again feature several well-known national and many regional speakers. As well as, several dozen highly regarded local industry practitioners participated as workshop panelist. The TRENDS ’16 workshop schedule is one of the best ever offered.


    TRENDS is brought to you by: Washington Rental Owners Association (WROA); The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound (RHAWA).


    TRENDS is produced by Larry Diamond. larryd@isomedia.com


  • 01 Sep 2016 1:08 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Key Legislative Races

     

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Democrats hold a thin 50-to-48 House majority and Republicans hold power in the Senate by a slender 26-23 edge.   Below are the key races that I encourage you to take action on.

     

    Senate Seats:

     

    17th Legislative District – Open Seat (Previously was a Republican seat)

    • Rep. Lynda Wilson (R) – 50.11%
    • Tim Probst (D) – 49.89%

     

    Support Wilson, I encourage you to send a business or personal check in the amount of no more than $1,000.  Please make the check payable to: “Lynda Wilson for State Senate” (P.O. Box 820568; Vancouver, WA 98682; (360) 608-4519lynda@electlyndawilson.com)

     

    Her district represents part of Clark County including part of Battle Ground and Vancouver.

     

     

    41st Legislative District:

    • Sen. Steve Litzow (R) – 47.29%
    • Lisa Wellman (D) – 48.79%

     

    Support Litzow, I encourage you to send a business or personal check in the amount of no more than $1,000.  Please make the check payable to: “Citizens for Steve Litzow” (7683 SE 27th St #431, Mercer Island, WA 98040 (206) 941-2627info@stevelitzow.com)

     

    His district represents part of King County including Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Issaquah, Sammamish and the northern part of Renton.

     

     

    House Seats:

     

    26th Legislative District:

    • Rep. Jesse Young (R) – 39.49%
    • Larry Seaquist (D) – 36.23%

     

    This is a 4-person race with Republicans receiving 50.38% of the vote and the Democrats receiving 49.62% of the vote.

     

    Support Young, I encourage you to send a business or personal check in the amount of no more than $1,000.  Please make the check payable to: “Jesse Young for State House Committee” (P.O. Box 222, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 (253) 509-8585info@jyfsr.com)

     

    His district represents part of Pierce and Kitsap Counties including part of Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor.

     

     

    30th Legislative District

    • Rep. Linda Kochmar (R) – 47.69%
    • Mike Pellicciotti (D) – 52.31%

     

    Support Kochmar, I encourage you to send a business or personal check in the amount of no more than $1,000.  Please make the check payable to: “Paid for by Citizens for Kochmar” (P.O. Box 3676, Federal Way, WA 98063-3676; ((253) 640-0469Linda@LindaKochmar.com)

     

    Her district Represents part of King and Pierce Counties including Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, Algona and Pacific and part of Auburn.

     

    30th Legislative District:

     

    Support Hickel, I encourage you to send a business or personal check in the amount of no more than $1,000.  Please make the check payable to: “Friends for Teri Hickel” (PO Box 1034, Milton, WA 98354;(253) 261-4643Teri.H@comcast.net)

     

    Her district Represents part of King and Pierce Counties including Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, Algona and Pacific and part of Auburn.

     

     

    Please advise if you plan on taking any action.

     

    Thanks in advance. 

     

    Many thanks.

                                                                                         

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000


  • 03 Aug 2016 4:00 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Snapshot of the Primary Election Results

    Wednesday, August 3 – 10:30 a.m.

     

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    As the Tuesday, August 2 primary results are trickling in.  Below is a quick update on the preliminary primary results.  Currently, Democrats hold a thin 50-to-48 House majority and Republicans hold power in the Senate by a slender 26-23 edge.  The Democrats are hoping to win a handful of contested or open seats as votes will continue to be counted.  Experts say that “based on the results of last night it would be to your advantage to be a Democratic candidate in this Primary.”  

    ·         The last comparable elections, in 2012 and 2008, had a voter turnout that averaged 41 percent, with a general election that averaged 82 percent, according to the Secretary of State.  As of Tuesday, August 2, 24 percent of voters returned their ballots.

    ·         Election officials will release additional vote totals Wednesday afternoon.

    ·         For each race, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to the November 8th General Election. Votes started to be counted Tuesday, but ballots will continue to be counted for days to come. 

     

    Below is a snapshot of some of the Preliminary Primary Election results:

     

    Governor:

     

    ·         Democrat Jay Inslee (48.57%) and Republican Bill Bryant (38.14%) will head to a gubernatorial matchup.

     

    Secretary of State:

    ·         Democrat Tina Podlodowski (45.74%) and Republican Kim Wyman (48.46%) appear to be advancing to general election

    Lieutenant Governor:

     

    ·         Democrat Cyrus Habib (19.57%) and Marty McClendon (20.35%) are leading the 11-person race for lieutenant governor. 

     

    State Auditor:

    ·         Republican Mark Miloscia (37.43%) and Pat McCarthy (30.83%) are leading the 5-perrson race for Auditor

    Close Senate Races:

     

    1st Legislative District - Open Seat:

    ·         Mindie Wirth (R) – 40.46%

    ·         Luis Moscoso (D) – 29.89 %

    ·         Guy Palumbo (D) – 29.65%

     

    5th Legislative District:

    ·         Mark Mullet (D) – 50.15%

    ·         Chad Magendanz (R) – 49.85%

     

    17th Legislative District – Open Seat:

    ·         Lynda Wilson (R) – 49.27%

    ·         Tim Probst (D) – 50.67%

     

    41st Legislative District:

    ·         Steve Litzow (R) – 48.27%

    ·         Lisa Wellman (D) – 47.69%

     

    Close House of Representative Races:

     

    19th Legislative District:

    ·         Jim Walsh (R) – 29.9%

    ·         JD Rossetti (D) – 24.64%

    ·         Teresa Purcell (D) – 23.44%

     

    26th Legislative District:

    ·         Jesse Young (R) – 37.74%

    ·         Larry Seaquist (D) – 36.95%

     

    30th Legislative District

    ·         Linda Kochmar (R) – 48.23%

    ·         Mike Pellicciotti (D) – 51.77%

     

    30th Legislative District:

    ·         Terry Hickel (R) – 49.77%

    ·         Kristine Reeves (D) – 50.23%

     

    31st Legislative District – Open Seat:

    ·         Phil Fortunado (R) – 39.51%

    ·         Lane Walthers (D) – 37.13%

     

    44th Legislative District – Open Seat:

    ·         John Lovick (D)  - 51.95%

    ·         Janice Huxford (R) – 45.23%

     

    45th Legislative District:

    ·         Roger Goodman (D) – 62.02%

    ·         Ramiro Valderrama (R) – 37.98%

     

    To view all updated election results for Federal, State Executive, Legislative and Judicial, as the votes are being counted you can visit the Washington Secretary of State’s website at:http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Legislative.html

     

    Please advise.

     

    Many thanks. 

                                                                                          

    Mark Gjurasic

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


  • 15 Jul 2016 5:30 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    When: Friday, July 15th


    Where to stay: Enzian Inn Leavenworth Wa.


    Enzian Inn Phone #: 800.223.8511

    590 US Hwy 2


    Most should have your rooms, if you cannot find a room please let me know.

    Contact Dawna Nelson: 509.860.2533

    Breakfast is included with room rate.


    The Event: 


    July 15th

    Social Hour -  5:30PM, Dinner -  6:00PM

    Following dinner we will have a RAWV and WROA

    Round Table Discussion

    July 16th

    WROA Board Meeting  9:00AM

    at the Enzian Inn


    Questions: 


    Please contact Dawna Nelson: 509.860.2533

    Roni :rawv554@gmail.com or 509.423.7429


  • 12 Jul 2016 5:06 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    We just discovered today that Comcast is down Nationwide which is why the LANS and PROA chapter office phones are currently not working.

    We apologize for the inconvenience if anyone has tried to call us and couldn't get through today.


  • 12 Jul 2016 1:44 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    WRITTEN BY WROA PRESIDENT, ROB TRICKLER


    There has been a fairly energetic attempt by one of our local screening companies to put a

    bad taste in the mouths of landlords regarding SB 6413, which went into effect on 9 June 2016.


    While I can understand a local business owner protecting their interest, I can’t condone

    inaccurate disinformation being propagated. I wholeheartedly agree that portable screening

    reports are very problematic for landlords and I will not use them in my own company nor will I recommend the use of them to my clients. Washington Rental Owners Association does not offer a portable screening report through our partners NTN and I would certainly not advocate for one.


    That being said, it appears to me that the negative campaign against this new law that

    provides landlords with 21 days instead of 14 to disposition a deposit and return any portion due is motivated out of a fear that requiring a landlord to disclose whether or not that landlord

    accepts portable screening reports is going to result in strong pressure for landlords to then

    change their minds and accept those portable screening reports. That happens to be a product not offered by the vocal opponent of this new law and thus would presumably motivate landlords to use their competitor. Just to be clear, if that is the motive behind the opposition, I don’t buy it for a second. Not any more than making a landlord disclose that they won’t rent to felons or sex offenders would suddenly create such pressure on that landlord that they would relent and feel obligated to rent to those felons and sex offenders.


    Are you really that malleable?


    Well it’s a business decision that each landlord can and must make on their own but that

    decision needs to be made on accurate information. Our coalition has put together some

    questions and answers for our members and clients regarding each of the three elements of this new law. Read them carefully, make a decision, then adjust those documents and web sites accordingly and continue on as you always have but with a 50% increase in how much time you have to disposition your damage deposits. That time is valuable given the recent case law that makes it clear a landlord may not go back after that time limit and amend their damage bill regardless of what damages are discovered after the time limit except in the narrowest of circumstances. I hope this helps.


    21 Day Return of Security Deposit

    Washington State Law effective date June 9, 2016

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Q: How long do I have to return the security deposit?

    A: Effective June 9, 2016, you will have 21 days to provide a specific statement of deductions from the security deposit and return any balance of the deposit the tenant is entitled to receive.


    Q: If there is extensive damage to the unit and I know that the cost is going to be more than the security deposit, am I still required to act within 21 days under the law?

    A: Yes, no matter what the level of damage or amount of security deposit, you are required to 

    (1) provide a specific statement of deductions which details the cost of the damage caused by the tenant, and 

    (2) refund any portion of the tenant’s security deposit the tenant is entitled to receive.


    Q: What if my existing fixed term rental agreement says the security deposit and statement of deductions will be returned 14 days after the tenant vacates the unit?

    A: You must comply with your existing rental agreement. Landlords should continue to return the specific statement of deductions and any balance of the security deposit within 14 days until July 1, after the laws become effective. However, if you wish to change the time limit you must give the tenant 30 days notice of the change. In a fixed term lease, such change would not become effective until the end of the term unless the tenant agrees otherwise. For month-to-month rental agreements, the change becomes effective in 30 days.


    Comprehensive Reusable Tenant Screening Reports (CRTSR)

    Washington State Law effective date June 9, 2016

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Q: What am I required to do under the new law?

    A: You are required to indicate whether you accept a CRTSR: 

    1) in your screening criteria, and

    2) on the internet homepage maintained by you, where you advertise your property for rent. For example, if ABC Rental Company maintains one website for multiple properties, each property’s ‘home page’ must indicate whether you accept a CRTSR; the statement should not be on ABC Rental Company’s main webpage.


    Q: What if I use a third party website like Craigslist or Zillow, etc. to advertise my rental property?

    A: You do not have to indicate whether you accept a CRTSR on a third party’s website that is not maintained by you.


    Q: What language do I use to comply with the law?

    A: There is no specific language outlined in the law. Our recommendation is to state one of the following depending upon your acceptance:

    “We accept comprehensive reusable tenant screening reports”

    “We do not accept reusable tenant screening reports”


    Q: Does a CRTSR provide less information than a regular tenant screening report?

    A: A CRTSR provides as much or more information than a conventional screening report.


    Q: What is included in a CRTSR?

    A: As defined by law, the report must include:

    1) A consumer credit report prepared within the previous 30 days;

    2) A criminal history which includes convictions, pending cases, a sex offender registry

    search and terrorism database search where final disposition occurred within the previous

    seven years;

    3) An eviction history containing any records of unlawful detainer actions from the previous

    seven years;

    4) An employment verification; and

    5) An address and rental history.


    Q: Will the CRTSR include a recommendation?

    A: At this time we are unaware of any such CRTSR that provides a recommendation unless you have an agreement established with the screening company providing the report.


    Q: What if a tenant brings me a paper copy?

    A: CRTSRs are accessed electronically through an internet website with a secure portal only. A paper copy is not considered an accepted form.


    Q: Am I required by law to accept a CRTSR?

    A: No, the law does not require you to accept a CRTSR. However, the law does require that you indicate whether you accept CRTSRs on the property’s homepage and in the screening criteria.


    Q: If I indicate that I accept a CRTSR at one property, do I have to accept CRTSR at all of my rental properties?

    A: No, you have the opportunity to choose which properties will or will not accept a CRTSR.


    Q: If I indicate that I accept CRTSR, does that mean that I can’t obtain my own screening?

    A: You can obtain your own screening report from your regular tenant screening company so

    long as you do not charge the tenant for the report if they have given you access to a CRTSR.


    Q: What is the penalty if I don’t comply with the law?

    A: A tenant may recover a $100 penalty, court costs and attorney fees if you do not indicate in your screening criteria whether you accept a CRTSR.


    Order of Limited Dissemination

    Washington State Law effective date June 9, 2016

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Q: What is an Order of Limited Dissemination?

    A: A court order signed by a judge that limits an eviction record’s use by tenant screening

    agencies.


    Q: Will this new law prevent me or other landlords from providing a rental reference for a former tenant who obtained an Order of Limited Dissemination?

    A: No, an Order of Limited Dissemination does not apply to landlords, only tenant screening

    companies. Landlords can still give a complete and honest statement of facts regarding the

    former tenant, even if an Order of Limited Dissemination has been entered by the court.


    Q: Under what circumstances can a judge enter an Order of Limited Dissemination?

    A: If a tenant makes a written request to the court, there are three circumstances under which a judge may enter such an order:

    1) Sufficiently without Basis in Fact or Law. For example, if the wrong defendant is

    named in the eviction petition, or if service of the eviction action is improper, the court

    may enter an Order of Limited Dissemination.

    2) Payment after Judgment. In the rare instance that a tenancy is reinstated, wherein the

    tenant pays all of the judgment, attorney’s fees, and costs within 5 days allowed by law,

    the court could enter an Order of Limited Dissemination.

    3) Other Good Cause. In this case a judge must be satisfied that a tenant has proven their

    unique circumstances outweigh a future landlord’s interest in learning about a prior

    eviction record.


    Q: What if the landlord and tenant settle the eviction case without a court hearing, will there be an Order of Limited Dissemination entered by the court?

    A: If the tenant makes a written request for such an order, the judge must decide if the tenant has satisfied one of the three abovementioned circumstances to enter and Order of Limited Dissemination.


    Q: Can a tenant request an Order of Limited Dissemination for an eviction action that was completed before the new law goes into effect?

    A: The law does not prohibit a tenant from seeking an Order of Limited Dissemination for an

    eviction action completed prior to the effective date of the new law (June 9, 2016). The tenant

    must meet the abovementioned circumstances as set forth in the new law to succeed in receiving the order.


    The information provided in this document is given for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. You are encouraged to consult your legal counsel or call our office directly if you have any questions.


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