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Olympia Passes Relocation Assistance
Olympia Passes Relocation Assistance

The City of Olympia recently passed another round of tenant protections. Under this new ordinance, housing providers must notify tenants of their right to relocation assistance when increasing rent by more than 7%. The amount of relocation assistance they are then required to pay is two and a half... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted05/15/2024


Notice to Raise Rent in Spokane Increased to 6 Months
Notice to Raise Rent in Spokane Increased to 6 Months

Despite opposition and concern from our organization and members, as well as members from other organizations, a new ordinance requiring housing providers give residents a minimum of 180 days’ notice when increasing their rent passed in Spokane, with one amendment. If you raise rent less... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted05/15/2024


Virtual Legal Symposium
Virtual Legal Symposium

Your GA Team will be presenting as part of WMFHA’s Virtual Legal Symposium on all things Tenant Protections, so if you’ve been curious or confused on all the changing laws and regulations- you don’t want to miss this! Tune in on Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00am to learn more and ask... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted05/15/2024


It’s time for elections- what does that mean for you?
It’s time for elections- what does that mean for you?

Election season is upon us! I’m sure by now you’ve seen a political ad or two on TV or in the mail- a bummer if you find those annoying because they will continue leading up to Washington’s primary on August 6. So why should you care? Sometimes it’s easy, or even... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted05/15/2024


Edcon East & RoundTable
Edcon East & RoundTable

Last week, Carter was in Eastern Washington alongside other WMFHA team members to attend EdCon East, as well as the Eastern Executive Council meeting. While there, she provided a legislative session and election preparation update as well as engaged members as to what they are seeing in their area... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted04/17/2024


Eastside Real Estate Symposium Highlights Housing Crisis
Eastside Real Estate Symposium Highlights Housing Crisis

Eastside Real Estate Symposium The WMFHA advocacy team recently attended the 2024 Eastside Real Estate Symposium hosted by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. The annual event highlights commercial real estate trends, housing supply and affordability and broader economic market signals. The event... Continue Reading

Postedby Ryan Makinster
Date posted04/17/2024


GAC Focuses on 2024 Election Issues at April Meeting
GAC Focuses on 2024 Election Issues at April Meeting

With legislative session over, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC), recently turned its focus to a few important election year issues; the Ban the Gas Ban Initiative, the Eastern Washington redistricting quagmire, and the campaign to elect Senator Mark Mullet as Washington’s next... Continue Reading

Postedby Ryan Makinster
Date posted04/17/2024


Four Legislators Join Post Session Webinar
Four Legislators Join Post Session Webinar

If you build it, they will come. Whether that refers to WMFHA’s recent Legislative Session Wrap-Up Webinar or the robust state level advocacy program, we’ll take it. Senators Annette (D-Vancouver) and Chris Gildon (R-Puyallup) and Representatives Andrew Barkis (R-Lacey) and Amy Walen... Continue Reading

Postedby Ryan Makinster
Date posted04/17/2024


WMFHA PAC Chooses to Support Those That Support Us
WMFHA PAC Chooses to Support Those That Support Us

The WMFHA PAC works to get multi-family friendly officials elected to office. With damaging legislation on the rise, WMFHA PAC is more important than ever. At a recent WMFHA PAC meeting members voted to financially support the following campaigns and groups: Jim Henderson – LD 26... Continue Reading

Postedby Ryan Makinster
Date posted04/17/2024


Ryan Makinster Named to Up For Growth Action Board
Ryan Makinster Named to Up For Growth Action Board

WMFHA Director of Government Affairs, Ryan Makinster, was recently named to the Up for Growth Action Board of Directors. The group is singularly focused on leading federal legislation to eliminate barriers and increase resources for housing production. The board represents expertise across all... Continue Reading

Postedby Ryan Makinster
Date posted04/17/2024


Notice to Raise Rent in Spokane May Increase to 6 Months
Notice to Raise Rent in Spokane May Increase to 6 Months

A new proposal requiring housing providers give renters a minimum of 180 days’ notice when increasing their rent made the news on Monday in Spokane. Currently, housing providers must give tenants 60 days’ notice for rent increases. Councilmember Paul Dillon announced this proposal to... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted04/17/2024


Harrell Releases Draft Comprehensive Plan
Harrell Releases Draft Comprehensive Plan

Earlier this month, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced a proposal that would vastly change housing throughout Seattle in the next 20 years. The “One Seattle Plan” would put Seattle in line with a bill adopted by the state legislature in 2023. The bill – HB 1110 – is... Continue Reading

Postedby Carter Nelson
Date posted03/20/2024