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Major Victory in Seattle City Council Races

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Major Victory in Seattle City Council Races

Back to News Center Out of six Seattle City Council candidates endorsed by Seattle King County REALTORS®, four were elected by Seattle residents, flipping the Council to a more moderate position. For the past several years, the Seattle City Council has presided over a severe erosion of quality of life…

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Seattle Voters Pass Housing Levy

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Seattle Voters Pass Housing Levy

Back to News Center For nearly four decades, the SKCR-supported Housing Levy has been an important funding mechanism for the creation of subsidized housing in Seattle. The levy has funded the construction and preservation of more than 12,000 homes and assisted organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, promote homeownership. The 2023 Housing…

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SKCR Helps Kill 3 of 4 Seattle Tax Proposals

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on SKCR Helps Kill 3 of 4 Seattle Tax Proposals

Back to News Center The outgoing Seattle City Council did not go quietly. They considered several new or increased taxes as part of the 2023 budget process. SKCR urged the council to evaluate current spending, use all available revenues, prioritize spending, and generate economic activity before considering any new revenues.…

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Seattle Passes Commercial Lease Legislation

By jnaegeli / January 31, 2024 / Comments Off on Seattle Passes Commercial Lease Legislation

Back to News Center Outgoing Councilmember Lewis passed legislation that would impose significant limits on personal guarantees and security deposits associated with commercial lease agreements. While the bill applies only to commercial property, SKCR views it as an opener to commercial rent control and a reduction in property rights. We…

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REALTORS® Endorse Seattle Housing Levy

By jnaegeli / November 1, 2023 / Comments Off on REALTORS® Endorse Seattle Housing Levy

Back to News Center BELLEVUE, Washington (November 1, 2023) – Seattle King County REALTORS® joins nearly 100 other organizations in endorsing the Seattle Housing Levy (Proposition No. 1). The organization’s board of directors announced its decision following a recommendation of its Governmental and Public Affairs Committee. The $970 million property…

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Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis Slows Commercial Lease Legislation

By jnaegeli / September 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis Slows Commercial Lease Legislation

Back to News Center In late August, Councilmember Lewis introduced legislation that would impose significant limits on personal guarantees and security deposits associated with commercial lease agreements. While the bill applied only to commercial property, SKCR viewed it as an opener to commercial rent control and a reduction in property…

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Seattle Finally Passes Drug Legislation

By jnaegeli / September 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Seattle Finally Passes Drug Legislation

Back to News Center Following a failed attempt in June to align the city with state law (recently passed with bipartisan support) prohibiting illegal drug possession and use in public and enabling the city attorney to prosecute violations as gross misdemeanors, the Seattle City Council has passed an ordinance by…

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Seattle Rent Control Proposal

By jnaegeli / July 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Seattle Rent Control Proposal

Back to News Center Outgoing Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has introduced legislation that would establish rent control in Seattle. Because Washington State prohibits any regulation of the amount of rent a landlord can charge, the ordinance would go into effect only if the state prohibition were repealed. If that…

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Seattle Updates Tree Ordinance

By jnaegeli / July 27, 2023 / Comments Off on Seattle Updates Tree Ordinance

Back to News Center The Seattle City Council has increased protections on trees with the goal of increasing the urban tree canopy while balancing the needs for greater housing stock. The ordinance expands protections to a total of 175,000 trees across the city. SKCR, in collaboration with a broad-based coalition,…

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