Snap Judgment

Should Seattle Adopt Rent Control?

A measure to repeal Washington’s ban on rent control—in place since 1981—got further in the state legislature this year than ever before. The bill didn’t pass, but Seattleites were left wondering anew if regulating rent prices would work here.

03/27/2018 By Manola Secaira

Olympia Dispatch

State Will Uphold Its Ban on Rent Control

Nicole Macri's bill to repeal the state ban failed to make it out of committee on Friday.

02/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

Top Stories: Aid for Dreamers, Rent Control Debate, and Another Letter from the DOJ

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

01/27/2018 By Araz Hachadourian

Olympia Dispatch

Public Hearing on Rent Control Draws a Large Crowd from Both Sides

Rent control in Washington state has been illegal since 1981.

01/24/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Jolt

Senate Republican Urges State Attorney General to "Take Action" Against Seattle on Rent Control

Vancouver state senator Don Benton condemns Seattle for thinking "they have the authority to supersede state law."

11/15/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Seemingly Modest New Renters' Rights Law Represents Major Victory and Significant Tactical Shift for Sawant

By taking an iterative approach, Sawant may have her biggest impact yet.

06/07/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Sawant: Maybe Next Year on Rent Control?

Sawant gets the bad news on rent control, city pushes pot delivery, bipartisan bill would preserve affordable housing.

01/20/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Sound Transit Three Looks at Nearly $1 Billion for New Parking Stalls

Sound Transit's parking agenda and the city council's legislative agenda.

12/18/2015 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Developers Scoff at Both Sawant and Burgess

Rent resolution, neighborhood reaction, Eyman violation, and housing consternation.

09/22/2015 By Josh Feit

Afternoon Jolt

Burgess Passes Rent Resolution, Sawant Claims Victory

Burgess excludes rent control language, criticizes Sawant rhetoric.

09/21/2015 By Josh Kelety

Afternoon Jolt

Council Committee Splits Vote on Rent Control

Rent control resolution will go to full council despite split vote.

09/17/2015 By Josh Kelety

Election 2015

Herbold Q&A Part 2: Licata Aide Redefines "Rent Control" Debate

Longtime Nick Licata aide emerges in her own right in lengthy interview.

09/16/2015 By Josh Feit

Opinion

It's Time to Fact-Check the RHA's Stance on Housing Issues

City council candidate Lisa Herbold's housing affordability platform includes allowing Seattle to make local decisions about rent control.

08/07/2015 By Lisa Herbold

Opinion

And We DISLIKE Lisa Herbold's Spin on Rent Control

A guest editorial from the Rental Housing Association of Washington

08/05/2015 By Sean Martin

PubliCalendar

PubliCalendar: Meaningful Movies Presents 'E-Team'

Today's picks for civic nerds

07/17/2015 By Atoosa Moinzadeh

PubliCalendar

PubliCalendar: Pop Goes the Melting Pot

Today's picks for civic nerds

07/15/2015 By Atoosa Moinzadeh

Morning Fizz

Why the Democrats Actually Won the Transportation Debate

Caffeinated news featuring the rebound effect, the great debate, and a political obituary

07/06/2015 By Josh Feit