Hello! We’ve got some big news from Olympia!
- Senate Bill 5600 (which provides 14 days for tenants to catch up on rent before being evicted, instead of just 3) passed in the House on Friday! The revised bill needs a final vote in the Senate but should be heading to the Governor’s desk soon! This big win is based on lots of organizing and advocacy from tenants across the state. Providing this additional time prevents tenants from getting evicted and becoming homeless. It begins to address the severe injustice of our current housing system. Please take a moment to thank your legislators who voted for the bill, which you can find by clicking on the “roll call” links at this page. Legislators in the Tacoma area offered a lot of leadership and advocacy for the bill, so be sure to thank them! In the 27th: Rep. Jinkins and Sen. Darneille. In the 29th: Rep. Morgan and Rep. Kirby.
- House Bill 1440 (which requires landlords to provide 60-day notice for all rent increases) passed in the Senate last week. The bill is now on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. We won this protection in Tacoma, and now it will apply to tenants across the state! Check out the roll call of votes on this bill here, and please thank your legislators who supported it!
- The email from the WA Low Income Housing Alliance also references 1923, which we didn’t directly advocate for, but it provides more flexibility on the usage of Real Estate Excise Tax funds for affordable housing. Which is a good thing!
These would take effect 90 days after April 28.
We are disappointed that some of the other key protections we fought for will not become law this session. The Just Cause bill (requiring landlords to provide a legitimate reason to terminate a tenancy) made it out of Committee in the House (which shows the strength of tenant organizing across the state). We must continue to organize and build our movement to win this necessary protection! We are also continuing to push for rent control to help keep tenants stable in our homes.
Do you want to get involved? The Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee meets the first Monday of every month at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave South. The next meeting is Monday May 6th at 5:30 pm. If you plan to attend, please email Molly@TacomaTenants.org .