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  • 27 Jul 2017 12:09 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    A look at the New Organization by Rob Trickler


    First let me begin by giving all of our members a profound welcome to the newly merged organization. Whether you are member of Washington Apartment Association doing business as Washington Rental Owners Association or a member or a Washington Landlord Association, as a result of this merger you are now members of the oldest and largest landlord support organization in the State of Washington. With a membership of approaching 9,000 paid members across the state, you have a very strong voice in Olympia and our industry. Welcome to your new leadership role.


    Let me open a bit on what this powerful new marriage brings to the table. First, if you are a WLA member you have had a tenant screening option but there are some things you may not know about that tenant screening.  Despite having been presented for many years as a WLA benefit, the truth is that WLA has absolutely no ownership interest in the screening that has been promoted. That means no money spent on that screening goes back into WLA to support the cause. What you may know is that it had a very limited, in fact, singular menu.  All you could do was check court records and not credit or other financial matters.  What you now have is a strong partnership with NTN that allows you a wide variety of choices.  You may check credit details personally or you might just provide your personal criteria and standards and let our partners tell you if the candidate meets those standards.  You might also want to do checks of the court and even courts of other states if you have a candidate that has moved from another state. You may want to know how they behaved in that former state. You can do that now.


    We offer an attorney help line. While there may have been limited help by phone in the past you now have an option that can get you to an attorney practicing in landlord tenant law in your area. There are three of us and we very nearly cover the entire state in our practice area and we can provide competent advice in your landlord tenant issue.  It is not an open hotline that has no limits but most answers can be provided in a 10 or 15 minute call and you will get that for free without having to hunt and peck through the phone book or google.  Let me add that Eric Steven, Chester Baldwin and myself very much know what we are doing in this arena and take pride in supporting landlords.


    Both organizations have long had legal forms related to landlording. I am going to be brutally honest. All three of the afore mentioned attorneys have spent significant time trying to fix problems that landlords have had based on the forms that WLA has been providing to its members. Now you get forms that are vetted and tested and proven my attorneys that practice as landlord attorneys. You know have free access to those reliable forms in a digital form that will be updated accurately and responsively as the law requires. Your forms library is responsive to the law as it is, not as a layperson would like them to be. We have your back.


    One of the biggest additions is that you now have in your corner one of the most respected and effective lobby teams on Capitol Hill. Going strong for this organization for circa 30 years we have had a great deal of success. Respect from law makers is not something that just comes over night. It must be earned and nurtured and we have done that. Everyone in our industry has a very influential voice in Olympia and that cannot be undervalued or replaced on a whim.  The number of bills that would negatively impact landlords and rental owners that have been stopped by our team is stunning and we have had a number of successes getting helpful bills passed such as our deceased tenant legislation.  We are all members of the legislative “A Team” now.


    Political Action Committee is another benefit that the merger brings to the table.  It probably goes largely unnoticed but we win a number of battles for our industry by getting the right candidates elected and reelected.  For example the issue of rent control has been a looming battle for several years.  That may not be obvious to many members because we have managed to keep a bill allowing rent control from even coming to the legislative floor by helping to elect and reelect the candidates friendly to the landlording industry.  This organization has an active PAC that does not sit idly by hope we hit the election lottery.  We hold fundraising events for our candidates where we can sit across the table from them, tell them our concerns, stories and hopes then get up and shake their hands and hand them a check showing that we support them when they support us.  That gets noticed.  That makes a difference.


    Oh and did I mention that our organization, which you are all members of, is an owner of the Trends Trade Show held every year in December at the Seattle Convention Center. This happens to be the largest landlord orientated trade show in the Pacific Northwest. Possibly the west.  Not only does this trade show provide a tremendous wealth of information in the form of vendors and workshops, and a venue to advertise and market, but it also brings in significant revenue to the organization. Probably my favorite part of this asset is the education that it provides to our members. That is why I remain an active member of the Trends board and do my part to guide our Trends programs.


    Let me close with a couple of simple but relevant points. Our members get this all at the lowest cost of any similar organization.  Let’s face it $50 is less than a single dinner with your significant other. We are flat giving everything I mentioned above away at that rate. Do an internet search on some other organizations and the cost of their memberships and you will find that this is the best value you can find anywhere in my opinion. In effect, this is the cheapest insurance you can buy for protecting your hard earned and hard kept landlord investment. Your membership makes it possible and every member is to be commended for protecting our livelihood and industry.


    Semper Fi


    Rob W. Trickler

    President WLA

    Attorney and Counselor at Law.


  • 27 Jul 2017 12:05 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WLA Members,


    We have important and exciting news for all Washington Landlord Association (WLA) members. On August 1, 2017, WLA will merge with Washington Rental Owners Association. This merger will create the largest, with approximately 9,000 members and, the most experienced landlord association in Washington State.  


    As most of you are aware, Tim Seth, the former founder of WLA, passed away October 3, 2016.  Mr. Seth started WLA in 1996 and through hard work, dedication and careful management, built his company into the largest non-profit landlord association in Washington State. Mr. Seth’s work will not be forgotten and his tireless efforts to improve the rental industry and promote laws benefiting landlords statewide are greatly appreciated.    Unfortunately, at the time of his death, he left no succession plan naming a replacement to fill his role and continue the management and lobbying services of WLA.  

        

    After his death, several members of WLA’s board of directors met in late October 2016 and discussed possible options for the association. Several board members decided that court intervention along with the appointment of a Receiver was necessary in order to provide the best possible solution to temporarily manage WLA’s operations until a qualified successor could be named. On January 6, 2017, the Thurston County Superior Court reviewed the facts of this case and appointed Mel R. Codd as General Receiver for WLA.


    During the first 6 months of 2017, the Receiver completed a thorough investigation and interviewed all of the available board members and officers of WLA. In addition, the Receiver spoke with many of  WLA’s landlords and solicited their input on what members need most and, the type of services most helpful when operating rental real estate, especially under the current conditions imposed by state and local government laws.  The Receiver also asked for member input for the future goals of the association. After conducting these interviews, the Receiver identified two possible options for the future management of WLA. The first option would involve keeping WLA intact, as a stand-alone independent association. This option however, was predicated on the identification, nomination and vote for a replacement candidate to fill the role of president and CEO, which was no easy task. The second option entailed merging WLA with another professionally managed non-profit landlord association. Two potential suitor associations were identified, both of which offer member services and benefits very similar to those of WLA. The Receiver interviewed both associations and learned that WROA would provide the best possible services for WLA’s members going forward.  WROA was founded in 1953 and is a highly respected association, with 3 offices located in Everett, Olympia and Bremerton. Based on the facts in this case and the information provided, the Receiver determined that a merger with WROA offered the best future solution for WLA and its members. 

      

    In June, the Receiver filed a motion with the Thurston County Superior Court requesting approval of the proposed merger with WROA. After careful consideration, the Court approved the merger on July 14, 2017. The merger will become effective August 1, 2017.   

    During the next month, we have considerable work to do. We’re presently working to complete the merger, organizing office staff and designing a new, more powerful website for the combined associations. We plan to offer even greater member services and benefits to landlords statewide. Please look for additional information during the next 60 days. Your current member password will  allow you continued access to WLA’s website, forms and resources, however, please see additional articles in this newsletter regarding updating your member information and account access code. 


    Your membership dues will not change as a result of this merger.    


    We are extremely fortunate to have found WROA and with their guidance we will continue our mission of serving every landlord statewide. The combined association will operate under the name Washington Landlord Association or WLA and we are truly looking forward to building a stronger combined association with greater benefits for landlords statewide.

     

    Best regards, 


    Mel R. Codd

    General Receiver

    Washington Landlord Association


  • 07 Jul 2017 12:43 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Member:


    We are currently in the third special session, which started on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  Although the state operating budget has passed, still the state Capital Budget is being negotiated.  These are:


    1.      Two-year Operating Budget:

    • Funding for education K-12 as it relates to the McCleary Court Case will be funded by an increase in the state portion of your property tax from $1.88 per thousand dollars of assessed value to $2.70 per thousand dollars of assessed value.   There will also be a levy tax threshold starting in 2019 not to exceed $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $2,500 per pupil, whichever is lower.
    • It’s estimated that the total amount in four years will bring in $7.3 billion dollars to fund education.  New revenues from a variety of different sources to include Market Place Fairness, repeal of sales tax extension on bottled water, self-produced fuel exemption, and streamline sales tax payments.
    • We anticipate that the State Supreme Court will rule that $7.3 billion dollars is not enough revenue and does not fulfill the Supreme Court mandates to “fully fund basic education.”  We anticipate new taxes or increase in existing taxes that will target real-estate in the 2018 session to fund public education. 


    2.      Successfully Opposed the Following New Revenue Options to Fund Basic Education:

    • New State Capital Gains Tax (6%)
    • Raising Real-Estate Excise Tax (REET) from the current 1.28% to 2.5% at time of sale of real-estate
    • Sales Tax on Services
    • Increasing a State B&O Tax on residential and commercial services from 1.5% to at least 2%  

    3.      Two Year State Capital Budget:
    • The Capital Budget is currently being negotiated.  One of the biggest areas of contention is to resin the “Hirst Decision” that was awarded in October 2016 to Washington State Supreme Court level.  Basically, if you are going to drill for water on your private property, a building permit cannot be issued unless the owner of the property proves that there is no impact to the groundwater table or streams that may impact fish and wild life habitat.  The burden is on the property owner to provide a study/report to the county that they reside in proving no impact.
    • We are told that such a study could cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000.  Key negotiators on this issue include Sen. Judy Warnick (R), Sen. Jim Honeyford (R), Rep. Derek Stanford (D), Rep. Larry Springer (D) and others.


    Respectfully Submitted,


    Mark Gjurasic

    Lobbyist

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


    Chester Baldwin

    Attorney/Lobbyist

    chet@lobbywa.com



  • 08 Jun 2017 2:59 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The June 2017 Newsletter is Here!


    If you're a WROA member with a username and password to our website, then you can download a PDF of the WROA newsletter to your desktop computer or mobile device.


    Directions:


    1. Login to our website


    2. Locate the Newsletters section in the Menu on the left side of our Homepage. Please Note: The Newsletters section will only show up in the menu after you login first.


    3. On the Newsletters page, you will see a list of links to each of our monthly newsletters. Click on the newsletter link you wish to view and a PDF should pop up. The top link is our most recent newsletter.


    Note: Many of our past newsletters are on there, so feel free to download and view as many as you like. If you are a member without a username and password, then please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, at 425-353-6929 or katcwaa@gmail.com. She can either set you up with a login or email you a PDF of the newsletter.



  • 05 May 2017 3:35 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:


    At the WROA Board meeting on Saturday, April 29 the WROA board voted to Support candidates: Jinyoung Lee Englund (R) (Represents the 45th Legislative District), and Sen. Phil Fortunato (R) (Represents the 31st Legislative District).


    They support private property rights, oppose rent control and state Capital Gains Tax, oppose Sales Tax on Services, oppose increasing State B&O Tax and support private sector providing low income housing. 


    We plan to endorse them in the 2017 November General Election.


    There will be some fundraisers organized by WROA and we will keep you updated on our progress.


    Many Thanks,


    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000

  • 05 May 2017 3:22 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    The May 2017 Newsletter is Here!


    If you're a WROA member with a username and password to our website, then you can download a PDF of the WROA newsletter to your desktop computer or mobile device.


    Directions:


    1. Login to our website


    2. Locate the Newsletters section in the Menu on the left side of our Homepage. Please Note: The Newsletters section will only show up in the menu after you login first.


    3. On the Newsletters page, you will see a list of links to each of our monthly newsletters. Click on the newsletter link you wish to view and a PDF should pop up. The top link is our most recent newsletter.


    Note: Many of our past newsletters are on there, so feel free to download and view as many as you like. If you are a member without a username and password, then please contact the LANS Chapter Office Manager, Katrina Christoffersen, at 425-353-6929 or katcwaa@gmail.com. She can either set you up with a login or email you a PDF of the newsletter.


  • 25 Apr 2017 4:44 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    URGENT

    Come to Olympia to Testify in 

    Opposition of SB 5929


    The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Senate Ways and Means Committee in the JA Cherberg Building Room 4.



    Dear WROA Members:


    Lawmakers are asking that if we can get members of our association to testify in opposition of SB 5929, Capital Gains Tax of 7% and other tax increases, Wednesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Senate Ways and Means Committee in the JA Cherberg Building Room 4.  Address: 304 15th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501


    Additional details on SB 5929 can be found in the document link below. We provided both the Word Doc and PDF of the information. 


    Sorry for such short notice, however, we are hearing from lawmakers they would like to see business representation testifying on this legislation in Olympia. We will meet you at the hearing.


    Please let me know who will be attending by emailing me at mgjurasic@comcast.net, so that WROA Lobbyist, Chester Baldwin, and I can sign you up to testify.


    Thank you in advance.

                                                                                     

    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 



    Opposition of SB 5929 Info - PDF


    Opposition of SB 5929 Info - Word Doc



  • 11 Apr 2017 4:42 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    CALL TO ACTION

    WROA Supports SB 5013


    Contact House Rules Committee Members to 

    "Pull"  SB 5013 Out of the House Rules


    Must Be Out of House Rules & Voted on the House Floor

    by Wednesday, April 12 by 5:00 p.m.



    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Please see the "Call to Action" PDF link at the bottom to contact House Rules Committee members asking them to "Pull" SB 5013, concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property, out of the House Rules Committee.

     

    Please do so right away, as the bill Needs to be pulled out of the House Rules Committee and Voted on the House Floor by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.


    Contact info for House Rules Committee is in the PDF link below along with their District Info. 


    If you are not sure what your district is, then please go to:


    http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder


    Directions: On the District Finder Website, enter your address and Select the 'Find My District' Button at the bottom.

     

    Your urgent action is requested.

     

    Many thanks. 

                                                                                     

    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 



    WROA Call to Action - PDF


    House Rules Committee Contact Info - PDF


  • 05 Apr 2017 12:48 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    CALL TO ACTION

    WROA Supports SB 5013


    Contact House Rules Committee Members to "Pull"

    SB 5013 Out of the House Rules



    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Please see the attached "Call to Action" below to contact House Rules Committee members asking them to "Pull" SB 5013, concerning the disposition of tenant property placed upon the nearest public property, out of the House Rules Committee.

     

    Please do so right away, as there is a House Rules Committee meeting scheduled sometime this afternoon.

     

    Your urgent action is requested.

     

    Thank you in advance.  

                                                                                          

    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


    Call to Action - SB 5013


    House Rules Committee Contact Info - PDF 


  • 29 Mar 2017 10:46 AM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

    Dear WROA Members:

     

    Please see the attached Call to Action to contact members of the House Rules Committee asking them to pull SB 5013 out of the House Rules Committee.


    SB 5013 involves the landlord disposing of an evicted tenant’s property that has been placed upon the nearest public property after five days.


    Please take action right away, as the next Senate Rules Committee is scheduled tomorrowWednesday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m.

     

    Many thanks. 

                                                                                          

    Mark Gjurasic - WROA Lobbyist

    Public Affairs of Washington, LLC

    mgjurasic@comcast.net

    (360) 481-6000 


    House Rules Committee Contact Info - PDF 


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