Kasra Saber

King County Superior Court Upholds Seattle Ordinance’s Cap on Move-in Fees and Security Deposits for Tenants

Real Estate

The King County Superior Court recently upheld a Seattle Ordinance that limits the amount tenants are required to pay for move-in fees and security deposits. Seattle Ordinance No. 125222 (the “Ordinance”), which was adopted by the Seattle City Council on December 12, 2016, limits the amount that landlords can charge tenants in up-front charges, including […]

Samuel Winninghoff

Seattle-Based Zillow Under Fire in New Jersey Federal Court

Real Estate

Zillow Group, the Seattle-based online real estate database and creator of its proprietary “Zestimate” home valuation estimation algorithm, is being sued in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Plaintiff EJ MGT LLC is alleging that the Zestimate is an inaccurate estimation tool, and that Zillow has violated antitrust laws by entering […]

Samuel Winninghoff

Essential Considerations for Short-Term Rental Operators

Real Estate

Rentals for vacationers and travelers through platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and Vacasa have seen a surge in popularity over the past few years, and offer an alternative to the traditionally available options like hotels, resorts, and hostels. With the increase in consumers seeking alternative options, more and more property owners are embracing the […]

Samuel Winninghoff

New Seattle City Ordinances Impose Restrictions on Short-Term Rental Operators

Real Estate

Over the course of the past several years, an enormous market for short-term and vacation rentals through platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and Vacasa has developed across the U.S. and worldwide. Operators of these short-term rentals range from homeowners and hosts renting out a spare bedroom, mother-in-law unit, or apartment, to larger operators renting […]

Brandon Gribben

Seattle Hearing Examiner Rules Against the City’s Proposed Legislation to Allow Construction of More Backyard Cottages and Mother-in-Law Apartments in Single Family Zones

Land Use, Real Estate

On December 13, 2016, the City of Seattle Hearing Examiner ruled that the City of Seattle must perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before moving forward with proposed legislation that would ease restrictions on the construction of accessory dwelling units and detached accessory dwelling units.  Accessory dwelling units, commonly referred to as ADUs or mother-in-law apartments, […]

Michael Spence

PLIA Announces New Revolving Loan and Grant Program for Contaminated Commercial Properties

Environmental, Real Estate

The Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency (PLIA) has just announced a new revolving loan and grant program under which low interest loans of up to $2 million are available to install, retrofit, close or clean up underground storage tanks (UST’s) on contaminated commercial properties.  The grant or loan can be used on any site […]

City of Seattle Enacts New Open Housing Rules

Real Estate

In an attempt to address concerns of housing affordability, the Seattle City Council approved an ordinance that seeks to ensure access to rental housing for tenants while imposing new rules on landlords.  The new ordinance is set to go into effect on September 7, 2016. In general, the ordinance includes the following changes in Seattle’s […]