Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tacoma City Council Passes New Rules for Landlords When Renovating Units

The City of Tacoma has passed a new ordinance requiring landlords to provide information and notices when conducting renovations.

The ordinance requires:
  • 20-day notice to vacate and relocation assistance for low-income tenants authorized by RCW 59.18.440, when a landlord intends to change the use, substantially rehabilitate, or demolish a dwelling unit.
  • 60-day notice to vacate for no-cause eviction
  • 60-day notice requirement for rent increase
The new Rental Housing Code also provides a requirement that landlords:
  • Distribute certain information
  • Prohibits retaliation
  • Allows installment payments for various deposits and fees
  • Provides authority to enforce violations, as well as codification of relocation assistance when the City declares a building uninhabitable.

The code passed unanimously on November 20th and replaces the city's temporary protections that sunset on January 31, 2019.