House passes Barkis legislation aimed at landlord-tenant reform

The state House of Representatives passed legislation to increase the notification process for tenants being displaced from their homes due to demolishment or substantial rehabilitation. Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Olympia, sponsored the measure.

House Bill 1462 was one of four bills the 2nd District lawmaker introduced as part of his eviction prevention package.

“This bill allows additional time in the notification process for those who must relocate when a property they are living in is set to be renovated or sold,” said Barkis. “Giving tenants plenty of notice provides them with the time they need to find a new place to live. I believe this is a great bill to benefit all tenants residing in Washington state.”

Under this policy, whenever a landlord plans to demolish or substantially rehabilitate a home, or plans a change of use to the premises, they will be required to provide written notification to the tenant of at least 120-days before termination of their tenancy. This gives more time to soon-to-be displaced tenants to find new housing.

“Time is critical when tenants are faced with these situations. Many of us saw the recent headlines of the Tiki apartments in Tacoma. Those residents were given proper notification under current law of their need to relocate. However, in the current market of low supply, many couldn't find a new place to live in the timeframe of receiving the notice and needing to relocate to a new home,” continued Barkis. “My bill provides a common-sense solution to one of the several landlord-tenant issues we're facing this legislative session. I was glad to see this bill pass off the House floor with bipartisan support.”

Barkis' bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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