Posts for 'Tenant Rights'

Rent Control – Frequently Asked Questions

September 16th, 2015

Seattle has seen a major construction boom resulting from strong economic growth. But very few of the new rental units are affordable to the majority of working people in this city. Additionally, existing units that used to be affordable are now experiencing skyrocketing rent hikes. Earlier this year, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat summed it […]

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Rent Control Petition – Click Here For the Link to Sign!

August 21st, 2015

We Need Rent Control! – Click Here For the Link to Sign Our Petition! What is Rent Control and What would It Do? Rent control allows communities and democratically accountable representatives get a say in how much our rents can go up. Right now, landlords can raise rents by as much as they want. It is […]

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Over 1,000 Seattleites Attend Town Hall Debate on Rent Control

July 23rd, 2015

Sign the petition to Support Lifting the WA State Ban on Rent Control On Monday, July 20, 2015, more than 1,000 people overflowed Town Hall Seattle to watch a lively and at times heated debate on rent control. Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata and I organized the event and argued in support of rent control, while […]

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Share your rent-increase story with us! Call my office at (206) 684-8016.

February 5th, 2015

Share your rent-increase story with us! Call my office at (206) 684-8016. Let’s expand tenant rights and fight for affordable housing! Is your rent skyrocketing? Do you want to fight for your right to affordable housing? You’re not alone. There are hundreds, if not thousands, like you in Seattle, who are facing the prospect of […]

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Congratulations to Tenants on Defeat of “Stepping Forward” Rent Hike Proposal

December 17th, 2014

Dear Tenants and Housing Justice Activists, Congratulations to everybody who participated in such an inspiring movement. On Monday this week, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) announced that it will withdraw the proposed Stepping Forward program for a year. In this letter, Executive Director Andrew Lofton says the SHA “decided to put consideration of the Stepping […]

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Voices of the People’s Budget: Sharon Lee on Affordable Housing

November 3rd, 2014

This is the first part in our series, “Voices of the People’s Budget.” On the evening of October 30th, labor leaders, community organizers, social service providers, and engaged citizens came together for a People’s Budget Town Hall. Here they shared their concerns about the Mayor’s business as usual budget and began a conversation about what is necessary to […]

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Letter to SHA Against Rent Hikes

October 3rd, 2014

Below is a letter I sent to Andrew Lofton, Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority.  It details my opposition to SHA’s “Stepping Forward” proposal,  which raises rents for low-income tenants. Dear Mr. Lofton, Over the last month, you have been trying to garner public support for “Stepping Forward,” a program that will increase the rents […]

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Statement on Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee

September 25th, 2014

Voices needed for an expansion of public housing, for a major increase in developer fees, for taxing the wealthy, and for rent control September 24, 2014 Yesterday, Mayor Murray announced his proposal for the formation of a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee. I welcome any serious steps to address this urgent issue. As we […]

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Standing with the Bartons, Standing with SAFE Activists

July 21st, 2014

A call to action for fellow Councilmembers Friday, July 18th, I participated in a home defense protest alongside Standing Against Foreclosures and Evictions (SAFE), Washington Community Action Network (CAN), and Socialist Alternative.  As you know, Councilmember Licata and I have supported SAFE in their efforts.  The activists have continued their struggle all weekend, and it is […]

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