If aid isn't available soon, local leaders in housing, tenant rights and non-profits fear that a wave of evictions could be coming, and the number of rental units available could shrink permanently.
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A handful of renters at a 10th Avenue apartment building are experiencing the same housing headache that plagued a property overlooking Latah Creek last summer: Their rents are on the rise, as the city and state grapple with the effects of a housing shortage at all income levels.
The Spokane City Council on Monday approved a legislative package compiling human rights protections, including a measure that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants for accepting housing vouchers.
Millennials rent, but they aren’t so keen on renters insurance.
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.
The housing market is definitely on the uptick and rents are rising in most neighborhoods. There’s a tendency, however, by both landlords and salespersons to juggle numbers when they are trying to prove a point. I was reminded of that the other day when I received two pieces of information – one attempting to show the benefits of home ownership, the other the benefits of renting. Both left out important facts that might alter a consumer’s decision.
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.