Seattle City Council Starts Slow Slide Toward Rent Control

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Yesterday the Planning Land Use and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee discussed renter protection legislation that was offered to try and stop supposed abuses of the City’s Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance (TRAO) requirements. The claim, only anecdotal, is that land lords are trying to get rid of tenants by boosting their rents dramatically — it’s called economic eviction. But […]

Roosevelt Reservoir: Broad Consensus on City Owned Land for Housing.

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The debate over how to address housing issues in Seattle is a contentious one, right? It’s even hard sometimes to agree on what the problem is and of course that means differences on what to do. But there doesn’t seem to be anyone, developers, non-profit affordable housing advocates, Councilmemeber Sawant, and neighborhoods who disagree about […]

Save the Date: DADU Lunch and Learn at Seattle City Council

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A week from today, Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee Chair, Mike O’Brien will host a lunch and learn in the City Council Chambers at noon on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), especially Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs) or Backyard Cottages. While they go by different names, ADUs are essentially a way of adding another […]