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The same pandemic forcing Spokane city leaders to pour millions of dollars into rental assistance is giving them pause before implementing new protections for tenants.
A tight housing market with low vacancy rates and rising rental costs means more tenants may be looking for a new address this fall. Rental scammers hoping to capitalize on those conditions have already taken notice.
The Spokane City Council has put on hold policies addressing the tenant/landlord relationship, instead shifting focus to providing resources for those facing housing challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the work to establish new rules is continuing.
The data and analytics real estate firm Amherst projects that 28 million renters, or about 22.5% of all households, are at risk of eviction. Tenant advocates expect that number to increase significantly unless protections are put in place, and project that many of those affected will be African Americans and households led by women, both of which historically are more likely to be evicted.
More than 10% of households in a survey last week said they couldn’t get enough of the food they needed.
Starbucks wants landlords to give it a break on rent for at least a year as coronavirus social-distancing measures batter sales at the Seattle-based global coffee chain.
Some service providers are anticipating that when temporary measures protecting tenants from evictions expire, organizations will see an influx of indebted people needing help with basic necessities like groceries.
It’s the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent’s due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down.
The Spokane City Council shelved a set of proposed tenant protection laws until March last week, but tenants are pledging to continue the fight for new regulations.
The fate of five old Victorian houses in Spokane’s West Central Neighborhood has been decided after years of efforts to transform them into affordable housing units.
Would a new slate of tenant protections help, or hurt, the city’s efforts to address this side effect of a successful housing market? The Spokane City Council will try to answer that question on Dec. 9.
Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.
Rent control has gained ground in New York, but less so in Spokane, where homelessness and rental scarcity are problems that lawmakers are now seeking to alleviate with different approaches.
Several apartment complexes in Spokane Valley have reported that thieves have used wires tipped with a sticky adhesive to fish rent checks from drop boxes.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the nation’s first statewide mandatory rent control measure on Thursday, giving a victory to housing advocates who say skyrocketing rent costs in the economically booming state have fueled widespread homelessness and housing insecurity.
Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant protections moving swiftly through the Legislature.
One of the stars of the live broadcast of the musical “Rent” on Fox was injured during a rehearsal Saturday, forcing the producers to use pre-recorded material Sunday night.
People are holding on to their aging smartphones longer, squeezing out a few more months of use before trading them in, a report indicates.
Kory Slaatthaug and Mickey Bambrick are celebrating the family’s 50 years as property owners by doing something unheard of for a landlord: For the month of November, everyone in the 11-unit building goes rent-free.
Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work.