Michael Spence

Buyer Beware is Still the Law of the Land

Land Use, Real Estate

Washington’s Seller Disclosure Statute, RCW 64.06, originally passed in 1994, required Sellers of real property to disclose “material defects” on a Seller Disclosure Statement, which quickly became known as a “Form 17”.  A special provision of RCW 64.06 provides that the statutory obligation to disclose material defects is independent of the common law principle of […]


David Tran

New Legislation Reducing Liability for Condominium Defects Takes Effect

Land Use, Real Estate

With concerns over affordable housing being a driving force, Senate Bill 5334 was passed earlier this year and just recently took effect. This new legislation has been celebrated by affordable housing proponents, developers, and homebuyers alike as it is expected to spur increased infill development, consistent with the Growth Management Act and local Comprehensive Plans. […]


Samuel Winninghoff

Federal Antitrust Lawsuit Driving Changes to Increase Transparency and Flexibility of Real Estate Broker Commissions

Consumer, Real Estate

A class action lawsuit filed in March of this year has spurred significant changes in the way real estate brokerages are setting and disclosing commissions for listing and selling brokers. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, names the National Association of Realtors and the four largest […]


David Tran

Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves Legislation that Allows for Construction of More Mother-in-Law Apartments and Backyard Cottages

Real Estate

Residents, neighborhood groups, developers, and designers alike are now awaiting the Seattle Mayor’s signature. Last week, after a fine-tuned version was submitted, the Seattle City Council voted 8-0 to adopt proposed legislation that will ease restrictions on the construction of accessory dwelling units, commonly referred to as ADUs or mother-in-law apartments, and detached accessory dwelling […]


Samuel Winninghoff

Seattle City Council Considering Legislation Restricting Single-Family Home Development

Land Use, Real Estate

The Seattle City Council is considering legislation introduced by Councilmember Mike O’Brien intended to increase the availability of affordable housing in Seattle. The proposal, which largely seeks to expand the amount of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) available in order to increase affordable housing inventory and options, would also impose new regulations on the allowable floor […]


Michael Spence

Governor Signs Sweeping Changes to Washington Landlord-Tenant Laws

Real Estate

On May 14, 2019, Governor Inslee signed SB 5600, a bill that dramatically alters the landscape of Washington residential landlord-tenant law.  The effective date of this legislation is July 27, 2019.  SB 5600 does not apply to commercial real estate. Residential landlords and property managers need to be well-versed in these changes, which are as […]


Samuel Winninghoff

Mandatory Housing Affordability Legislation Passed by Seattle City Council and Signed by Mayor Durkan

Land Use, Real Estate

On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Seattle City Council passed and adopted legislation which brings widespread zoning changes to 27 designated areas in the city. Mayor Durkan signed the legislation on March 20 and the bill will take effect on April 19. The new zoning updates are designed to increase housing density and affordability in neighborhoods […]