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Emerging Issues in Rental Housing Discrimination

Many landlords already know Washington prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, familial status, sex, military status, sexual orientation, disability, or use of a service animal. RCW 49.60.030(1). A lesser known discrimination issue involves a tenant’s participation in subsidized or Section 8 programs. Approximately 13 states enacted laws related to source […]

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First In Time Ordinance Struck Down

by Evan L. Loeffler, Attorney   Seattle’s “First in Time” ordinance was determined to violate the Washington Constitution on March 28, 2018.  The ordinance, considered the first of its kind in the nation, required landlords to publish their tenant selection criteria and rent property to the first applicant who meets those criteria.  Tenant advocates and […]

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Surprise Tenants and Squatters

  Real estate investors in residential property are sometimes surprised to learn after the purchase has closed there is already someone living in the property. Whether the occupant is the former owner, a member of the former owner’s family, a tenant that was not disclosed or simply someone who moved in and will not willingly vacate, […]

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Renting to Short Term Tenants

Strategies When Renting Your Properties Through VRBO or AirBNB More and more landlords are filling their rental properties with short-term tenants and vacationers.  The popularity of websites like l of producing income by operating a rental property like a hostel or inn.  The higher rates and shorter term tenancies are attractive to homeowners who will […]

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UNDERSTANDING TAX ID NUMBERS

Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) are assigned to non-citizens in the US for tax purposes only—This is how they can legally pay taxes, which is a requirement. It is not common for credit history to be established under these numbers, however it can happen. Our company checks to see if credit has been established when an […]

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IS SEATTLE DYING?

Please click on the link below for an eye opening look at this urgent issue KOMO News Special: Seattle is Dying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpAi70WWBlw by Eric Johnson | KOMO News Thursday, March 14th 2019 Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a “hopeless” title. I’ll admit to you that I […]

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