Washington landlords push back on proposed rent control bill

(The Center Square) – Democrats in the Washington State Legislature are moving ahead with a bill to cap rent increases at 5% a year and place limits on fees that are charged by landlords.

Rep. Emily Alvarado, D-Seattle, is the prime sponsor of House Bill 2114, which would cap late fees and move-in fees, in addition to prohibiting landlords from charging different rent prices and fees for month-to-month tenants.

She argues new laws capping rent increases and fees are essential to keeping people in their homes. Alvarado said her proposed legislation would help provide predictability for renters. 

Not everyone agrees.

During a public hearing Wednesday, Jeff Pack with Washington Citizens Against Unfair Taxes, told lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee, “When I see a bill like this, I have to wonder what you people are thinking because this has no basis in reality.”

“You want to tell me how much I
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