June 6, 2016
by David Kroman
Someday, groups like the Rental Housing Association of Washington (RHWA) may sue the city over what is known as the “Carl Haglund law,” which forbids landlords from raising rents until they bring their properties up to standards. There are arguments that these restrictions run counter to the state ban on rent control measures.
But the day for legal action seemed far away on Monday, as supporters celebrated the unanimous passage of legislation establishing these restrictions. The bill is among the most significant tenant protection measures passed in the last year, although Councilmember Kshama Sawant promised it was just the beginning.