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Spokane human rights code changes become law without mayor’s signature

In a letter to the City Council, Mayor David Condon said there was no analysis performed on how much processing complaints at City Hall would cost Spokane and that new protections for home renters put the city’s code at odds with state regulations. The mayor said his administration agreed with the intent of the legislation, but returned the law without his signature.

23 Seattle landlords face discrimination charges

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has filed charges against 23 landlords after a series of sting operations revealed that they discriminated against people posed as prospective renters based on family status, disability and use of Section 8 rent vouchers.

Spokane-area apartment market favors renters

While Spokane’s economy slowly gains steam, one group that’s coming out ahead, so far anyway, is apartment renters. Renters across the Spokane region are finding they have plenty of apartments to choose from as builders of multifamily housing crank out hundreds of units a year. Despite all this activity, apartment rents are stable and much lower than those in the Seattle area, where rents are soaring.

Apartment dwellers can be eco-friendly too

So you’re a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won’t splurge on solar panels. Don’t fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly.

Insurance policies allow protections from windstorms

Standard insurance policies typically cover wind damage to homes and businesses, but not to vehicles unless the auto policy-holder has optional comprehensive coverage, according to the Northwest Insurance Council.

Apartment blazes displace residents

Five adults and two children escaped their apartments Wednesday morning when the north Spokane home they lived in was hit by fire. “My daughter woke me up panicking. She was standing there crying. We just got up and ran out,” said Ron Magnuson, who was staying in his friend Trisha Marx’s apartment with his 7-year-old daughter, Chloë. Marx was not home when the fire broke out, but she also was displaced.

For renters, homes grow harder to come by

NEW YORK – Jeffrey Myers can’t make the rent – by himself. He works part time at UPS and as a freelance photographer, but the $2,200 he pulls in a month isn’t enough to afford an apartment in Orange County, Calif., without a roommate. “It’s hard to meet people who live by themselves. Most people have roommates,” said Myers, 31.