Property managers and landlords: Are your screening and advertising standards compliant with the new regulations?
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RLTA amendments bans income source discrimination
Washington State law protects residents from housing discrimination based on their race, disability, sex, familial status and others. Governor Inslee recently signed into law (HB 2578) an amendment to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act that prohibits landlords and property managers from discriminating against prospective tenants due to their source of income.
There is a population of renters who rely on social security, child support, SSI, and section 8 vouchers (or other subsidy) as their main source of income. Under the new law, landlords cannot deny housing to a present or potential tenant because they rely on government assistance or subsidies to pay their rent and other bills.
It would be wise for landlords and property managers to review all marketing and advertising materials to ensure there is no illegal application requirement in violation of the law. The amendment creates a civil cause of action, potentially subjecting the landlord or property manager to large damages and attorney fee awards.
The purpose of the law is to remove a barrier to housing faced by low-income individuals.
Creation of mitigation fund
The bill also creates a fund of money that landlords renting to tenants using alternative sources of income can use to make property improvements and reimburse landlords for up to $5,000.00 in damages caused by tenants.
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We take a proactive approach and advise our clients to constantly revise their lease agreements and advertising and screening practices to ensure compliance. We have extensive knowledge in guiding our property manager and landlord clients through the RLTA minefield on the front-end and in defending them when litigation occurs. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.