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Landlord Story: HNN Communities
Landlord Story: HNN Communities

When COVID-19 hit Washington, many of HNN’s residents, who are often low-income households, faced job loss or a sudden reduction in income. Continue Reading

Postedby Heidi Anderson
Date posted09/29/2020


Only 90% Apartment Homes Paid Rent - September 2020
Only 90% Apartment Homes Paid Rent - September 2020

Renton, Washington – Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s (WMFHA) found 90 percent of statewide apartment homes made a full or partial payment by September 13, 2020. The data was collected from the association’s 267,000 professionally managed homes in the state. This... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted09/14/2020


Auburn Passes Landlord-Tenant Regulations
Auburn Passes Landlord-Tenant Regulations

The city of Auburn unanimously passed a new rental housing code on Tuesday September 8, 2020. The new laws apply to all residential multifamily properties located in the city of Auburn. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted09/11/2020


National Eviction Moratorium
National Eviction Moratorium

Guidance on CDC Order Temporarily Halting Certain Evictions Yesterday, the President’s Administration, via an Agency Order filed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Federal Register, cited a public health emergency to halt residential evictions across the... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted09/2/2020


Rent Control Will Reduce Jobs in Skilled Trade
Rent Control Will Reduce Jobs in Skilled Trade

What we don’t need are policies that slash housing creation and living-wage jobs at a time when Washingtonians need it the most. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted09/2/2020


Rental Assistance Available in Some Counties
Rental Assistance Available in Some Counties

Rental assistance is now available and accessible in some counties. In order to qualify for the Department of Commerce's Eviction Rent Assistance Program, a tenant must earn 50% AMI or less within the prior 60 days, have at least one month of rent that is unpaid or partially unpaid since March... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted09/1/2020


Lakewood COVID19 Rental Assistance
Lakewood COVID19 Rental Assistance

Living Access Support Alliance (LASA) is now accepting applications for the Lakewood COVID-19 Rent Assistance program. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted08/17/2020


Only 91% Apartment Homes Paid Rent - August 2020
Only 91% Apartment Homes Paid Rent - August 2020

Renton, Washington – Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s (WMFHA) found 90.52 percent of statewide apartment homes made a full or partial payment by August 13, 2020. The data was collected from the association’s 267,000 professionally managed homes in the state. This... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted08/14/2020


Changes to Fitness Center Amenity Guidance
Changes to Fitness Center Amenity Guidance

This week Governor Inslee updated Guidance related to the use of indoor fitness centers including gyms, fitness studios, and multi-use indoor fitness facilities, etc. The updated Guidance can be found here. This applies to all counties in Phase 2 of the Governor's Safe Start Program. The Guidance... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted08/6/2020


$100 Million Rental Assistance Fund Now Available
$100 Million Rental Assistance Fund Now Available

The state of Washington has allocated $100 million of CARES Act General Relief Funds to rental assistance and the Department of Commerce has set forth guidelines to make this rental assistance available and accessible to tenants and landlords across the state. Below are details of the program.... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted08/3/2020


Proposed Laws in Auburn Add to Housing Woes Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty
Proposed Laws in Auburn Add to Housing Woes Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty

A sweeping package of restrictive new housing laws is sailing through the Auburn City Council that will add to the mounting challenges housing providers are already experiencing as COVID-19 surges back. These laws do not provide residents with critical rental assistance many need to cover their... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted07/20/2020


Only 91.67 Percent of Washington Apartment Homes Paid Rent as of July 13, 2020
Only 91.67 Percent of Washington Apartment Homes Paid Rent as of July 13, 2020

Renton, Washington – Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s (WMFHA) found 91.67 percent of statewide apartment homes made a full or partial payment by July 13, 2020. The data was collected from the association’s 267,000 professionally managed homes in the state. This... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted07/14/2020