News:

7 Jun 12

New Fair Tenant Screening Act Now In Effect

As of June 7th Washington State tenants are provided greater transparency now that landlords are required to disclose in writing both the reason why a tenant is denied housing and what criteria they will use in their rental decision. These new laws are a hard fought victory for the TU, its members, tenant leaders, and allies like the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and others.

10 May 12

Transit Oriented Development that is Healthy, Green & Just

Please join our ally organization Puget Sound Sage in the release of their new report “Transit Oriented Development that is Healthy, Green & Just.”

29 Mar 12

Tenants speak out to win safe housing and accountability for landlords in Seattle

TU members are sharing their stories with elected officials, the media and each other to win a strong Rental Housing Inspection Program in the City of Seattle. See the recent news coverage here, and find out how to share your story!

22 Mar 12

On Federally Subsidized Housing? Attend Resident Training Academy!

The National Housing Law Project is putting on a web-based series of trainings for tenants with Section 8, HUD-assisted or Low Income Public Housing subsidies!

21 Feb 12

Welcome to the Tenants Union’s website. Support the TU’s growth in 2012!

This website is a one-stop-shop for information, referral, and action opportunities and is packed with essential information and resources for Washington State renters. Click here to find out more and support the work of the Tenants Union.

9 Feb 12

Victory! City of Redmond Outlaws Source of Income Discrimination

Moved by powerful testimony from tenants and housing advocates, the Redmond City Council voted to outlaw discrimination against renters who use Section 8 vouchers or other government income to pay their rent.

6 Dec 11

Is your Seattle rental home unsafe or unhealthy? Work with the TU to do something about it!

The City of Seattle is finalizing a pro-active rental housing inspection ordinance that would improve the health and safety of all rental units in Seattle.

4 May 11

New Report Shows Housing Even Less Affordable in 2011

“The fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the Seattle-Bellevue area now requires 52 hours of work a week at the typical renter wage, up from 45 in 2010.”

8 Jan 08

Free Speech Victory for Washington State Tenants!

The Washington Supreme Court today struck down a Seattle Housing Authority rule that prohibited public housing tenants from placing any type of sign on their apartment doors.