Housing Justice

Who We Are

Our Housing Justice Work Group is focused on issues of housing affordability, homelessness, rent control, LGBTQ/youth homelessness, and more. In the 2017-2018 academic year, we will be launching a housing affordability campaign, beginning with a membership-wide survey in late September. Please check back soon for more details!

Current Work

Add your voice — take our Housing Affordability Survey today! You can also find out more about our current housing affordability campaign here:

Washington Community Action Network is also surveying renters in South King County about their experiences. You can take that survey here (English) or here (Spanish).

Upcoming events in the Seattle area:

Past Work

Victory! Important Move-In Fees legislation that our Working Group has been actively fighting for has passed in Seattle city and goes into effect January 2017. This legislation does a few key things to lower the burden of up-front moving costs:

  • It requires landlords to accept payment plans for upfront moving costs — including security deposit, last month’s rent, and non-refundable fees.
  • Payment plans are based on the length of the lease. For leases six months or longer, tenants can pay these costs in up to six equal monthly installments.
  • The total cost of security deposit and any non-refundable fees cannot exceed one month’s rent
  • Pet deposits cannot be more than 25% of one month’s rent

You can read more about this legislation on the City of Seattle’s website and the Washington Community Action Network’s website.

Resources & Information

Washington Community Action Network
Tent City 3
Tent City 3 at UW
Washington Tenant’s Union

Get Involved

We’re always open to new members! If you’d like to get more involved, or would just like more information, please email us at housing-justice@uaw4121.org. Check out the UAW 4121 Calendar for updated information about our next meeting time and location!