Seattle Landlords are not going to be very happy.

The Washington State Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that is going to make it much more difficult to own rental property in Seattle.  The near-socialist, depraved City passed a law that requires landlords to rent to the “first in line qualified renter” when they have a house or apartment to rent.  So the City effectively removed the landlord’s discretion in to whom to rent.  Landlords must advertise their criteria, and will be required to rent to the first party who fills the requirement.  No choice, landlord.  Three unmarried guys?  Three unmarried gals?  If they both meet your requirements, you MUST rent to the guys if they were ahead of the gals.  Now, who is more likely to make a mess?  Guys?  Gals?  No matter, regardless that it’s your property, it is now not your decision who your renters are.  Landlords rightly protested that this was a Government Taking of their property without compensation.  Sorry, landlord, the CITY now is an equal partner in your rental unit.  From the article on KOMO:

Justice May Yu wrote that the law is “unquestionably an experiment” and that “there is room for substantial debate about whether such an experiment is likely to succeed.” But she added that it is allowed under Washington’s constitution.

Oh, yes, the Supreme Court also ruled in favor of a Seattle law that requires landlords to ignore “criminal record” status when screening tenants.  Felony in your background?  No problem, you can rent an apartment in Seattle no questions asked.

Hmmmm….  Would you want to own Seattle rental property?  I wonder if this will cause an exodus of “mom and pop” landlords, and maybe a reduction in value of rental property in the city.  It will be interesting to watch what happens.

 

 

The Big Reason President Trump cannot logically be impeached

Because the Far Left Mob was already calling for, and planning, Impeachment before he had even taken office!  The day after the 2016 Election, mobs of leftists had already brought out the metaphorical pitchforks, and called for him to be impeached.  How could he even have committed anything impeachable before he was President?

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He Will Overcome.

Property Tax Rate Disparities around the Seattle area

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates live in the tony suburb of Medina on Lake Washington.

From MyNorthwest.com:

Essentially, the owner of a $2 million home — the low-end of home prices in Medina — would pay $1,680 in property taxes per year to the city under the new levy, an increase of roughly $400. Right now, the city’s homeowners pay just 64 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value, among the lowest in the state. Comparatively, Bellevue pays 94 cents for every $1,000, while Redmond pays $1.15. Seattle pays $8.29 for every $1,000 of assessed value.

!!!!!!!!  No wonder retirees are advised to move away from Seattle when they no longer bring home a paycheck.

Coming back to bite them in Seattle

Coming back to bite them in Seattle

On my favorite KOMO Web site today, there is a sad story about a King County worker assaulted, right outside the King County Courthouse in (used-to-be) beautiful Downtown Seattle.  This is so disgusting that I am going to copy some of that story for you here.  This is what the City of Seattle and County of King have become. Please do follow the link and read the whole story.

In September, Kara was assaulted just outside the King County Courthouse after leaving work to head to the train.

Surveillance video shows a man cross the road, mumbling to himself. He steps in front of Kara, she goes around him, and then he hits her in the back of the head, leaving Kara with a concussion.

Those are the facts of the case.  County employee, just walking down the street minding her own business, gets jumped by a street vagrant and injured.

But the worst of it is what happened later, when the good reporters at KOMO News try to find someone in City and County Government to address the issue.  Again, from the article:

It’s been nearly two years since we (of KOMO News) first shared concerns from King County employees about the scene outside the courthouse – people drinking and abusing drugs; people in crisis, shaking and screaming.

Plus, county employees and jurors are being assaulted. Many of them no longer feel safe walking in and out of the courthouse.

King County judges have been asking police to ramp up patrols during high-traffic times for county workers and jurors.

“It’s hard to say the needle has moved much,” Judge Sean O’Donnell told KOMO about conditions outside the courthouse.

“Members of the public deserve to feel safe coming to their courthouse,” Judge Jim Rogers added.

Judge Rogers believes some jurors aren’t even showing up because they’re so concerned about safety.

County council members are also asking for more support from the city.

KOMO spent hours outside the 3rd Avenue entrance to the courthouse, only seeing an occasional Seattle police bicycle patrol despite several emergency calls.

“I want them to come here and experience this,” Kara Armatis said about city leaders.

KOMO brought those concerns to Seattle’s City Hall and received very little response.

Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez chairs the public safety committee. She ignored KOMO’s request for comment.   [Emphasis Mine.]

So it looks to me like the members of the Seattle City Council are walling themselves up in their fancy new headquarters, and positively ignoring the plight of their city residents just outside their doors.  Who gets more consideration in the City of Seattle?  Taxpayers, or criminals and vagrants?  This story answers that question, doesn’t it?