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  • 28 Apr 2016 10:58 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear Washington Rental Owner’s Association Member:

    Provided in the following link is a Legislative Update of the bills your lobbyists, Mark Gjurasic and Chester Baldwin, have been monitoring in the 60-Day 2016 Legislative Session which was scheduled to sine die on Thursday, March 10.


    PDF Link: WROA Final Legislative Report - 2016

    Governor Jay Inslee called a 30 Day Special Session on the evening of Thursday, March 10 to finalize the Supplemental Budget, which lasted for an additional 20 days. The 2016 Legislative Session adjourned late on Tuesday, March 29 with a total of 80 days. On Monday, April 18, 2016 the Governor signed the 2016 Supplemental Budget into law.

  • 22 Apr 2016 1:30 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)


    Dear WROA Members:


    Please note that our lease agreement has been updated in accordance to the new law on security deposits. The new lease agreement can be found on our website under 'Forms and Documents'. It is labeled as 'WROA Lease Agreement.' The 'Forms and Documents' section is a members-only section so make sure you have your login information. If you are having trouble logging into the website, please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina at katcwaa@gmail.com or 425-353-6929.

  • 15 Apr 2016 2:19 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT!

     

    Update On Portable Report Legislation

     

    April 15, 2016


    Property management companies are NOT AUTHORIZED to use a Portable Report! A tenant may share a portable report with ONLY A LANDLORD (owner operated rentals). The current situation (marketing of portable report to property managers) has been turned over to Compliance Department of Experian Credit Bureau.


    Strongly Suggested: DO NOT SUPPORT THE PORTABLE REPORT. UNLESS YOU ARE A LANDLORD (own and manage your own rentals).

  • 04 Apr 2016 1:19 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    WROA Lobbyists, Tenant Advocacy & Landlord Association Representatives
    gather around Governor Inslee as he signs

    the new bill into law - March 29th, 2016



  • 01 Apr 2016 12:56 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    This new bill will change how Washington State Landlords & Property Managers run their rental business!!


    The Washington Rental Owners Association wants our landlords to know we got another bill through to help landlords.  Working with a coalition and using the talented lobby team that WROA employs with Rob Trickler as president, we got SB6413 signed by the governor on March 29th.  We have worked very hard on this bill and want you to know how to implement it.

    The big win is that it will give landlords an increase from 14 days to 21 days to mail out the
    itemized damage report and any deposit refund due.  Landlords got a 50% increase in the time they have to assess the proper amount of deposit to retain.  Be careful though.  If your rental agreement says your deposit and itemized report will be returned in 14 days because your agreement recited the law as it was at that time, you will need to change it with a 30 rule change at the end of the rental period or expiration of the lease.  If its in your contract as 14 days your still going to be held to that until the contract is lawfully changed.  My rental agreement and that of WROA are being updated accordingly. 

    This is a good case for why reciting the law in a rental agreement may not be to your advantage. The trade off in the bill is minimal.  You will now be required to add to your rental criteria disclosure whether or not you accept a portable screening report.  Nothing requires you to accept one or not accept one, simply to disclose whether or not you do before the tenant applies.

    Finally, the bill gave tenants who were wrongfully sued in an unlawful detainer (eviction) and
    win that suit because the suit was wrong in the first place, to keep that case from being passed on to screening report companies.  The tenant would have to get an order of limited dissemination from the court and that order would do nothing to seal the file.  The court record would still remain unsealed and accessible by the public, it simply won’t show up on a screening report.  For example if a minor is wrongfully added to the lawsuit then that minor is later trying to rent as an adult, that person has grounds to ask that the screening companies not be made aware of the improper suit against them as a minor.

    All in all it’s a reasonable outcome to a lot of hard work on our part.  We hope you make good use of the extra week to get good accurate assessments of what should be done with your deposits.  It's your membership in WROA that make these lobby efforts possible!!


    To learn more about Senate Bill 6413, please see link below:


    SENATE BILL 6413

  • 18 Feb 2016 3:50 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    In Olympia, we have worked hard to represent our Landlords in this year's legislative session. Provided in the links below is information on the bills we are for and against as well as legislative session information.


    Legislative Fact Sheet


    Senate Rules Pull Request


    WROA Weekly Legislative Report Week 3


    WROA Weekly Legislative Report Week 4

  • 22 Oct 2015 1:47 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    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.

  • 16 Oct 2015 2:34 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members,


    This email was sent last week. Attached are brief biographies of each of the delegates as well as a writable PDF of the ballot. You can fill in the ballot and email to chet@lobbywa.com.  If you have any questions, feel free to call WROA Office Manager, Jen Kahler at 425-353-6929.  (Delegate Biographies) (Writable PDF).


    We have five at large positions open for the 2016 WROA Board.  That is the newly created individual member class voting for their delegates.  It is a two year term.  We need the individual members to vote for their five delegates of choice but we need the group members to participate as well for a quorum.  We need a participation rate of 3% of the entire WROA membership body so we need group members to vote present even though it is the individual members voting for their specific delegates.  The quorum requirements were set up that way in the event that there were other issues to vote on at the annual meeting but for this year we do not have any other matters to vote on.


    If you are a member of one of the specific groups listed above then checking that box and filling out name and city of residence counts as a present vote for purposes of the quorum.  If you are not one of those specific groups then you are an individual member and may vote for five delegates at large.  Please note some of you have elected to be both a member of your local group listed above and also paid for a separate individual membership in WROA.  If that is your situation then you may also select five delegates.  The list below is a list of every member who has volunteered to run for one of the five open positions.  For your information we have included any current officers position the candidates are presently holding but we are not voting on officers at this time.  Please note you may write in candidates but the maximum number of delegates you may vote for is five.


    All ballots need to be completed and returned to the office of the executive director, Chester Baldwin, at Chet@lobbywa.comby 6:59 pm on 29 October 2015 or fax to 360-866-4841.   The votes will then be tallied by Chester’s staff and the results will be announced on the web site and in email and the November newsletter. Please take the time to participate in this important first vote under the new bylaws.  Our bylaws do not anticipate a plan B if we don’t have a quorum so it is important that we get a diverse participation.


    Rob W. Trickler | Attorney and Counselor at Law


  • 02 Oct 2015 2:20 PM | Web Editor (Administrator)

    Dear Rob and other WROA members;

     

    On September 21st from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm, the Vancouver City Council held a public hearing and voted out three ordinances that will affect the landlords in our association. These ordinances are extremely similar to ones which are already in affect in Seattle. Directly below is the exact language used in each of the three ordinances —  60-Day Eviction Notice, 45-Day Notice of Rent Increase, and Source of Income Protection — which go into effect on October 21st, 2015. 


    Ordinances Passed by Vancouver City Hall:

    • 60-Day Eviction Notice - An ordinance relating to an affirmative defense for month-to–month tenants who are not provided a 60–day notice, by landlords owning five (5) or more rental units, prior to the landlord commencing an eviction action unless a different notice period is specifically authorized by law; providing for severability and an effective date.
    • 45-Day Notice of Rent Increase - An ordiance relating to requiring that all rental agreements in the city of Vancouver include a provision requiring a minimum of forty-five (45) days prior written notice whenever the periodic or monthly housing costs tone charged a tenant is to increase by more than ten (10) percent; providing for severablility and an effective date.
    • Source of Income Protection - An ordinance relating to prohibiting landlords from refusing to prohibiting landlords from refusing to rent a dwelling unit to an applicant based on their source of income; providing for sever ability and an effective date. 

    See attached documents for the materials presented during the Vancouver City Hall public hearing on these three ordinances and the staff reports. 

     

    The next Vancouver Full City Council meeting, with public hearings, is October 5th at 7:00 pm. The next Vancouver Affordable Housing Task Force meeting is October 8th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. WROA will continue to attend and oppose these measures and we welcome any and all landlords to come and speak about the issues that these proposals present.


    The following are forms needed: 


    Vancouver Ordinace 60 Day Eviction Notice.pdf


    Vancouver Ordiance 45 Day Notice of Rent Increase.pdf


    Vancouver Ordiance Source of Income Protection.pdf


    Vancouver City Hall Presenation Materials on Ordinances.pdf


    Thanks, 

                                                                                         

    Chester Baldwin, Attorney at Law

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    chet@lobbywa.com

    (360) 688-4588


  • 13 May 2015 11:19 AM | Web Editor (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


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