Oftentimes, landlords require income verification from prospective tenants to better understand tenants’ financial circumstances and ability to make monthly rent payments. If you require such information from tenants, you should carefully review the new statewide “Source of Income” law (RCW 59.18.255) that becomes effective September 30, 2018. This new regulation includes guidelines and prohibitions for landlords when a prospective tenants’ source and amount of income is requested.
With the increase in housing prices in the Seattle area, homeowners are finding that their annual property tax bill is increasing by a much larger percentage than in the past. For example, property taxes on a median-valued home in King County has increased 42.6% in the last four years! This is a huge increase, no matter your financial situation. You might be wondering what you can do to contest your property tax assessment? Indeed, you do have options.
In October 2017, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 2 ruled on the proper procedures for a tenant to temporarily halt an eviction. The case was Randy Reynolds & Associates, Inc. v. Harmon, 1 Wn. App. 2d 239, 404 P.3d 602 (2017).
The legislative session is off and running in Olympia. The 2018 session is a short one but may prove to be eventful.
Holmquist & Gardiner, PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Sydney M. Safley as our new Associate Attorney.
Holmquist & Gardiner, PLLC is pleased to announce they have associated in an Of-Counsel role, Jerome O. Cohen, J.D.
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Landlords in Seattle recently received notice that a new city ordinance, the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance, has been approved which will require landlords to provide voter registration information to prospective and current tenants.
The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance which will prevent landlords from screening tenants based on their criminal history.