At Washington Apartment Outlook (WAO) this morning, WMFHA’s 2023 President, Tali Reiner, presented Senator Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) with our 2023 Legislator of the Year Award. This is the highest honor given to an active legislator from WMFHA in recognition and acknowledgement of their... Continue Reading
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On Wednesday August 30, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Timothy Ashcraft ruled that “Measure Two,” the city of Tacoma’s tenant protection measure competing against “Measure 1 (Tacoma Initiative 2023-1),” be removed from the November ballot. With this legal... Continue Reading
The Eastside Business Alliance is the region's most effective organization for electing thoughtful, nonpartisan, pro-jobs leaders on the Eastside. Ryan Makinster, our Director of Government Affairs, sits on the board of the EBA on behalf of WMFHA. Because of our involvement in the EBA, our... Continue Reading
After a brief break for August, our Government Affairs Committee was back in full force last week. The committee voted to contribute to a NAIOP Washington campaign to support an effort to forego the 10-15% energy code efficiency “bump” above state mandated requirements. The group... Continue Reading
Our Government Affairs team is traveling all over the state meeting with legislators before session begins. We are excited to be in Eastern Washington Monday and Tuesday of next week and to engage our membership operating in that part of the state. We are hosting two Advocate Meet & Greets,... Continue Reading
On February 27, the Spokane city council passed two tenant protection ordinances, C36330 and C36366. C36330, which created a rental registration program that included a $15/door fee went into effect 30 days later. C36366, included the creation of a Spokane specific “portable... Continue Reading
With HB 1074, which changed how you collect, record, process and return security deposits fully in place, we thought this would be a good time to offer a few things for you to consider and a request. Lease renewals are new leases so they will need to comply with the requirements of HB... Continue Reading
The NAA Click & Lease Program will be updated on September 27 to include several changes to the lease forms. The Release Notes, which are accessible when logged into your NAA Click & Lease Program, include copies of these upcoming forms. Form changes listed here. Should you have any... Continue Reading
The Seattle Office of Housing has updated its website to include the current Renters Insurance Allowance. The website now links to one easy to read document that includes the most current Renters Insurance and Utility Allowance. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to... Continue Reading
As part of our efforts to address the rising cost of compliance and increasing regulatory oversight, our WMFHA GA staff have been active in a stakeholder group that seeks to achieve a reasonable energy code as adopted by the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC). The group is made up of... Continue Reading
On Monday September 18, WMFHA hosted Senator Mark Mullet, candidate for Washington Governor, in our offices. The event was attended by Board of Directors, Government Affairs and Political Action Committee members. It provided a chance for Senator Mullet to explain his platform, support for the... Continue Reading
As we have seen over the last 12 months, political action is not only required at the state level, but in city council chambers as well. We cannot remain solely focused on Olympia, we need to continue to expand our election efforts to the local level, as well as by endorsing and supporting county... Continue Reading