State Legislature must pass rent stabilization law

With rising rental costs far outpacing incremental income increases over recent years, families across our state are facing increased risk of displacement, eviction and homelessness. The most vulnerable members of our communities, including seniors, families with young children, people of color, and those living on a fixed income, are disproportionately negatively affected by unaffordable rent caused by an unregulated market, too often being pushed out of their neighborhoods and forced to disrupt their social, economic and cultural connections.

Heading into the 2025 legislative session, it is more important than ever to recognize the need for a rent stabilization law in Washington that would limit rental increases to a reasonable annual percentage and expand tenant rights. Washington voters should look to other states that have passed rent stabilization legislation (California, Oregon and Maryland) and demand that our state Legislature enact a similar bill that protects Washingtonians, keeping them stably housed and allowing them to live, work, attend school and invest money in their local communities.

Marissa Salee

Student at Eastern Washington University at Everett Community College

Seattle

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