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Seattle's "first-come, first-served" Rental Law Rejected by Judge

Judge rejects Seattle’s ‘first-come, first-served’ rental law as unconstitutional Choosing a tenant “is a fundamental attribute of property ownership,” King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien said in a written ruling. Share story Seattle’s...

Americans Moving Less

Though you wouldn't know it based on the influx of new residents and construction of high-rise apartment buildings in Seattle, as a country, we are moving less frequently, according to this article in The Seattle Times:

Toys for Tots at RPA

Once again RPA is proud to sponsor #ToysforTots this holiday season! If you would like to participate, please bring an unwrapped (new) toy to our Roosevelt office and drop it in our donation box during business hours. (7500 Roosevelt Way NE; Monday...

New Tax for Airbnb Rentals

On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of a per-night tax on short-term rental properties, such as Airbnb units, according to this Seattle Times article. This new tax is a part of the Council's effort to alleviate Seattle's housing...

A second group has sued the city of Seattle over their new Tenant Ordinance

As a Seattle area property management company, we have heard many threats from landlords who are "up in arms" about the new cap on move-in fees. This article talks about this landlord group and the lawsuit against the city to overturn the ordinance....

First Lawsuit for the New First In Time Ordinance Seattle

The Seattle Times reports the first lawsuit to Seattle's new landlord / tenant ordinance.  We have heard rumors of several more to follow from other individuals and organizations.   It will be interesting to see how this all plays out:

Rental Marketing How To – Seattle Property Management Advice

Rental advertising has evolved from placing nickel ads in the classified section of local newspapers to major marketing campaigns on a variety of platforms, including websites and social media. This is a critical part of finding a good tenant and...

Someone found some humor in the Seattle rental market

THE SEATTLE TIMES BENJAMIN WOODARD ‘Sweet deal’: Ad for $2,000-a-month gingerbread house in Central District is the satire we all need right now For rent: a “HUGE micro house” with an “efficient floor plan” of about 1 square foot. But be warned, you...

Seattle Property Management News: What is the New “First in Time” Ordinance?

An important update that will soon affect landlords, property managers and owners of rental property located inside the Seattle city limits. Recently, the Seattle city council voted for and adopted some new ordinances that will affect landlords,...

Seattle's Rental Law and Unintended Consequences -- as reported by The Seattle Times

The first-come, first served renter's law has the best of intentions. But sometimes interventions in the economy can go wrong. By Jon Talton,.

As housing costs soar, Seattle becomes nation’s top roommate city -- as reported by The Seattle Times

As living solo becomes more expensive, finding a roommate is essential for many city residents. Seattle now ranks No. 1 in the percentage of people living with an unrelated adult. By Gene Balk for The Seattle Times, gbalk@seattletimes.com.

Kshama Sawant’s Cap on Move-In Fees Gets One Step Closer to Full Council Vote - as reported The Stranger

by Heidi Groover for The Stranger Over the objections of landlords who claim Seattle is burdening them with over regulation, a majority of the Seattle City Council sided with renters today and voted in favor of a proposal to limit move-in fees.

Most Home Buyers Keep Their Options Open, Consider Renting Instead -- as reported by Puget Sound Business Journal

SEATTLE, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's competitive housing market, most of those who moved recently considered both buying and renting while looking for a new place to live, according to the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends.

Washington Landlord Tenant Law 2016 Update | Property Management in Seattle

  Staying up to date on developments that affect property management in Seattle is one of the things we do best, so today we are talking about an important legal change that local landlords need to be aware of. Effective June 9, 2016, the state of...

City of Seattle Vs Airbnb - the future of short term stay rentals in Seattle is on the line

Over the last few years, all of us who are in the Seattle property management business have seen the proliferation of short term stay rentals increase through websites such as Airbnb. A recent study suggested that the number of active Airbnb rentals...

What is Renter’s Insurance? Seattle Property Management Education

  Everybody has heard of the term “renter’s insurance,” but not everyone knows what it is and what it covers. We’ve invited Andrew Cowan with FirstMark Insurance to talk to us about how it can benefit both tenants and landlords in Seattle.  

Good thing our Resident had Renter's Insurance!

Recently, we had a fire in one of our buildings which was caused by a vehicle that caught on fire in the garage. The fire spread from the garage to the rest of the unit. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the tenant held an inexpensive renter’s...

7 tips for first-time homebuyers

So you’ve decided to go for it, and buy your first home. Congratulations! The process can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking, especially for a first-time home buyer. The learning curve can be steep, but with a little help from the right people,...

Reporting a Problem Neighbor

As our tenant it is vital that we provide you with a safe and comfortable environment, and if for any reason you feel that an inconsiderate neighbor is interfering with the enjoyment of your home, we want to hear from you. Of course if for any...

Important Reasons for Tenants to Contact Us

One of the great advantages of renting is that you aren’t responsible to fix things when they break. As long as you take good care of your unit, and communicate with your property manager when there’s a problem, things should go smooth. There are...

Rents surge, but a record number of new units may slow future hikes

https://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2025341798_rentsq4xml.html By Sanjay Bhatt Seattle Times business reporter The region’s runaway rent growth could ease somewhat in 2015, as developers open thousands of new apartments, according to a...

Census surprise: Seattle the most affordable big city for renters

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/census-surprise-seattle-the-most-affordable-big-city-for-renters/ By Gene Balk Seattle Times news librarian How bad is the plight of the Seattle renter? As reported in The Seattle Times, spiking rents have forced...