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HB 2114 – Rent Control Bill || DEAD for 2024 Session


Senate Ways and Means Committee

February 26, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Documents: Washington State Legislature

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Great news!  HB 2114, rent control, legislation is most likely DEAD for the 2024 Legislative Session.  This was the last rent control bill that was still alive this session.
Today at 5:00 p.m. was the deadline for bills to move out of the opposite house committees reports from House Fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation Committees. 
HB 2114 was scheduled for Executive Session in the Senate Ways & Means Committee today, Monday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m., however, the bill was taken off the calendar and no action was taken
Legislators still have ways of reviving bills even after deadlines, but the bill’s lack to move out of Ways and Means is a strong indicator that it won’t move forward this year.  Senate Ways & Means Committee Chair Sen. June Robinson, (D-38), said the bill did not have enough votes to pass the committee.  
You can view more information in the Seattle Times article, “Bill to curtail rent increases appears dead in Legislature.”
Limits rent and fee increases to 7 percent during any 12-month period and prohibits rent and fee increases during the first 12 months of a tenancy for tenants subject to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act and the Manufactured/Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act, regardless of the length of their lease, with certain exemptions.
Provides certain other protections for tenants, such as rent and fee increase notice requirements; tenant lease termination provisions; limits on move-in fees, security deposits, and late fees; and requirements for parity between month-to-month and longer-term rental agreements. 
Provides remedies and enforcement mechanisms, including Attorney General enforcement of certain provisions in the bill under the Consumer Protection Act and a private cause of action for damages against landlords who violate certain provisions of the bill.
Requires the Department of Commerce to create an online landlord resource center and to contract with an independent third party to carry out a social vulnerability assessment of the impacts of rent stabilization.
Requires the Attorney General to publish model lease provisions regarding rent and fee increases.
Sponsors: AlvaradoMacriRamelPetersonMenaSlatterFarivarTaylorDoglioCortesFitzgibbonGregersonBerrySennReedBatemanOrtiz-SelfSimmonsOrmsbyStreetChoppOrwallBergquistBergWylieStonierLekanoffFosseRiccelliPolletKlobaDavis
Thank you to everyone for their grassroots in contacting lawmakers in opposing rent control bills and other legislation detrimental to the real-estate industry.

Rent control bills will be introduced in the next 2025 105-day Legislative Session and we will need to continue the fight to defeat these bills.

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