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How Could Free Rent Help You Reach Your 10-Year Goals?

This April a group of Seattle landlords will choose the winner of an essay contest asking that question. The prize: a year of free rent. Publicity stunt or public good?

By Scott Johnson March 28, 2016 Published in the April 2016 issue of Seattle Met

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Well it’s certainly creative, but it sounds like great press for the property management company or the owner as well. I don’t know if it will help anyone beyond the one person who’s going to win or if it will drive other people to check the place out. I think it’s a win-win for both parties.

-Sean Martin, External affairs director at the Rental Housing Association of Washington


I actually think it’s a really cool idea to give away free rent, especially in this sort of housing crisis that we’re having right now. What happens after the year is up is where I’m concerned; will the winner have the means to stay in the building?

Liz Etta, Executive director at the Tentants Union of Washington State


With over 45,000 households paying over half their income for housing, I imagine there will be a lot of applicants, but only one lucky winner. To address the affordable housing crisis in our city, we need solutions that match the scale of the problem.

-Todd Burley, Communications director for the City of Seattle Office of Housing

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