Four legislative proposals aim to increase access to quality housing for renters in Washington State. (TRT: 1:23) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


On Wednesday, four proposals were unveiled to help eliminate barriers and increase access to quality housing, especially among renters. One of the proposals sponsored by Sen. David Frockt of Seattle would make it possible to use one tenant screening check for a period of 30-days to help lower tenant screening costs.

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle: (TRT: 15 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “What we’ve found is that for tenants – prospective tenants – who are trying to get in in a very tight rental market having to pay these things over and over again at $30 or $40 dollars a clip, can almost amount in some instances to half a month’s rent and which really makes it hard if you don’t get into housing right away.”

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle will be sponsoring two bills regarding access to affordable housing.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle: (TRT: 23) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “One of them is to require that there be no discrimination on the source of income. So, for example, somebody who’s receiving veterans’ benefits, someone who’s got Section 8 Housing, perhaps disability benefits, could not have the prospective landlord discriminate against them because of having that source of income.”

The other proposal Kohl-Welles will be sponsoring would require 90 days’ notice of rent increases of more than 10 percent. The final piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Cyrus Habib of Kirkland will ensure that eviction records are only reported when the tenant has been found guilty in court.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.