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).

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!