Housing Bills Buy Time for Tenants

A recent Crosscut/Elway Poll showed homelessness and housing affordability are the top issues Washington voters want the Legislature to address. Legislative Republicans say they’ve heard the message. They’re proposing solutions to buy time. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

SATTGAST: In his private life, Olympia Representative Andrew Barkis is a residential property manager with more than 25 years’ experience, housing more than 25-thousand people.  In the Legislature, Barkis’ experience has put him squarely in the debate of the housing issue. His goal? Keep people who have homes in their homes.

BARKIS “How do we prevent evictions? How do we keep, help people from, uh,  coming into uh, the course or pathway of eviction? And once there, how do we help them to recover or remedy so that they don’t end up homeless or in other situations?”

SATTGAST:
The Second District Republican has introduced legislation that would give rent delinquent tenants an extra two days to pay. His proposal would increase notice from 30 days to 60 days when rent increases by more than 10 percent. The standard vacate notice would be extended by 10 days. And landlords must give a 120-day notice if they are to displace a tenant for a remodel or a number of other reasons.

BARKIS: “When we keep people in their homes, we are, in effect, are affecting the supply by not putting that additional burden on the supply – the limited supply that we already have.”

SATTGAST: Barkis says his legislation would buy time for struggling tenants and give them additional options so they don’t become another statistic among the state’s growing homeless population. John Sattgast, Olympia.

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