rent control

The outlook for new statewide renter protections in Washington

BY: - September 11, 2023

Steep rent hikes across Washington have spurred local governments into taking action to help keep tenants in their homes, despite landlord pushback against these types of policies. In Bellingham, a November ballot initiative would offer new tenant protections when landlords hike rent by more than 8%. The Seattle City Council has discussed legislation to prevent […]

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New state housing dollars a ‘drop in the bucket’ compared to need

BY: - July 31, 2023

Despite record investments in housing this year, the state must continue pumping more money toward affordable housing and rent stabilization to curb homelessness in Washington, advocates told lawmakers Wednesday.  At a state Senate Housing committee meeting in Vancouver, lawmakers heard from state and local leaders about what else is needed to address the housing and […]

Bill banning rent increases higher than 10% clears final hurdle in Oregon House

BY: - June 26, 2023

Many Oregon tenants will see rent hikes capped at 10% in high-inflation years under a bill headed for Gov. Tina Kotek’s desk. Senate Bill 611, which cleared the House on Saturday on a 32-18 vote with every Republican opposed, aims to prevent a repeat of the nearly 15% rent increases landlords were allowed to charge […]