Move In Fee Reform Introduced In City Council Committee!

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Move In Fee Reform Introduced In City Council Committee!
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Washington Community Action Network! says
Washington CAN! recently released a report, Seattle’s Renting Crisis: A Report and Policy Recommendations, that revealed disenfranchised communities are disproportionately impacted by unaffordable rent, landlord retaliation, unhealthy housing conditions, and various barriers to accessing housing.

In the report, one of the biggest barriers to accessing housing survey respondents struggled with is the high upfront costs (security deposit, last month’s rent, first month’s rent, and nonrefundable fees) many landlords require tenants to pay at move-in. Eighty-seven percent of survey respondents reported high upfront costs were a barrier to finding housing

The city council is considering legislation that would require landlords to accept a payment plan of up to six months for nonrefundable fees, security deposit, and last month’s rent. Passing this legislation would ease the financial burden so many renters face when moving.

Next TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13TH AT 1:45PM, the legislation will be introduced into committee, the first step in the legislative process. It is incredibly important to show up and demonstrate your support! Please join us!

If you have any questions, please email Xochitl (So-chi) at xochitl@washingtoncan.org
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By: Washington Community Action Network!

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