SB 5435 Call to Action

Posted By: Ryan Makinster Action Alerts,


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Senate Rent Control Bill Scheduled for Hearing On Friday – Take Action Now

SB 5435, the Senate version of HB 1389 was filed late last week and is being fast-tracked with a hearing on Friday, Jan 27 at 10:30am.

If you can, please join us in Olympia to PACK THE COMMITTEE ROOM and send a strong show of opposition to ensure legislators know RENT CONTROL is a failed policy and should not become law in Washington.
What:       Join Us in Olympia to Show Your Opposition to Rent Control
When:      Friday, January 27 - Hearing is from 10:30-11am (meet at 9:30am)
Where:     In the Capitol Building near the Washington State seal under the
                 dome (located up the staircase between the 3rd and 4th floors)

Industry leaders are already lined up to testify – We need WMFHA members to show up in force and sign in CON to the legislative record. If you would like to testify, please let me know by 5pm today so we can coordinate with our lobbyists and other industry representatives.
If you are able to join us in person, please send me an e-mail by Thursday at 5pm, so I know who will be in attendance and can plan accordingly.
 Also, whether or not you are able to make the trip to Olympia....Please click NOW on the link below to SIGN IN CON to the legislative record and let the Senate Housing Committee know you oppose Rent Control legislation.

What you need to do: 
  • Click the links below to take action and sign in to the legislative record with a position of CON
  • Complete the required fields, click the “I’m not a robot” captcha and hit send
  • Share this Call to Action with your friends, family, colleagues and suppliers

Tell (S) Housing Members, You Oppose 5435

Applies to both residential housing and manufactured home communities.
  • Prohibits a landlord from increasing the rent more than the CPI-U or 3%, whichever is greater, up to a maximum or 7%. Commerce is required to calculate and publish the maximum annual rent increase percentage.
  • Contains a VERY complicated "banking" process to carry forward the ability to give an increase later if not given in that year.
  • Prohibits a landlord from increasing the rent in the first 12 months of a tenancy.
  • "Rent increase" is defined to include any new charges added to a rental agreement that were not identified in the initial rental agreement. For example, new parking, utility, or other charges.
  • Requires a landlord that increases rent above the limit to include facts supporting the exemption in the written notice of the rent increase.
  • Creates a private cause of action for a tenant to recover actual damages, punitive damages equal to 3 months' rent, and reasonable attorneys' fees and costs. 
  • Provides the following exemptions from the maximum annual rent increase limit:
    • Dwelling units that are less than 10 years old.
    • Tenancies for which the landlord is required to reduce rent to 30% or less of the tenant's income because of a federal, state, or local program or subsidy.
    • If a landlord has paid for improvements to the dwelling unit that cost more than 4 months' rent and the improvements were made during the 12 months preceding the notice of the rent increase, then the landlord may increase rent for the following calendar year by up to 7%, or 4% + the maximum annual rent increase percentage for the calendar year, whichever is greater. 
    • If a landlord is experiencing significant hardship in complying with rent control for the current calendar year due to a disparity between the local costs for providing housing and the statewide costs for providing housing, the landlord may request an individual exemption from Commerce. 
Take Action Now
Please let me know if you have questions about this proposal, and thank you for raising your voice and taking action on behalf of WMFHA and the multifamily housing industry.  

Ryan Makinster
Director of Government Affairs

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