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Legislative Fact Sheet Thursday, February 2, 2017

Legislative Fact Sheet

Thursday, February 2


  1. Manufactured Housing Communities – SB 5615/HB 1846

Allows manufactured housing communities in areas outside of the urban growth areas for the purpose of providing affordable housing, if the area utilities allow communities to function without additional resources. (Senators Sheldon, Padden, Fortunato, Hobbs, Warnick, and Wilson. Representatives Griffey, Barkis, Stokesbary, Haler, and Hargrove)

STATUS SB:  Referred to Local Government on January 31

STATUS HB:  Referred to Environment (Unofficially) on February 1

  1. Modifying rental agreements upon renewal- HB 1720

For one year leases, requires landlords to provide three months notice of revisions to the rental terms and conditions. Requires the landlord to provide 12 month notice of intent not to renew or the actual expiration date (Representative Shea)

STATUS HB: Referred to Judiciary (Unofficially) on January 27

  1. Attorney General Dispute Resolution Workshop
    1. Program staff attended several events organized by tenants and landlords and provided information about the Program and RCW 59.20. These events were very successful and the Program intends to continue them into the next reporting period.
    2. The Program does not have recommendations for legislation during the 2017 Legislative Session but may consider legislative changes in the future should the need arise.


  1. Mobile Home Park Closures – SB 5520/ HB 1514

Requiring a minimum of three years’ notice on closures or conversions of mobile home parks and manufactured housing communities. (Senators Kuderer, McCoy, Chase, Saldana, Keiser, Hunt, Rolfes, and Frockt; Representatives Robinson, McBride, Pellicciotti, Orwall, Macri, Ormsby, Gregerson, Kloba, Pollet, Appleton, Bergquist, Tharinger, Clibborn, Farrell, and Dolan)

STATUS SB: Referred to Financial Institutions & Insurance on January 26

STATUS HB:  Public Hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary at 8 a.m. on February 1st

  1. Source of Income Discrimination – SB 5407/HB 1633

The bill would prevent discrimination in housing decisions based on a prospective tenant’s source of income. Essentially makes a Section 8 voucher holders a protected class for housing across the state.

(Senators Frockt, Miloscia, Walsh, Mullet, Billig, Kuderer, Pedersen, Hasegawa, Darnielle, and Keiser; Representatives Riccelli, Kirby, Macri, Frame, Goodman, Kagi, Peterson, Jinkins, Ormsby, Kloba, Senn, Stonier, Stanford, Appleton, Robinson, McBride, Doglio, Pollet, Santos)

STATUS SB:  Public Hearing in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance at 8 a.m. on January 31.

STATUS HB:  Referred to Judiciary (Unofficially) on January 25

  1. Sale of Mobile Home Parks — SB 5627/1798

Addresses the sale of manufactured/mobile home communities. Extends the real estate excise tax exemption for qualified sales of a manufactured/mobile home community.

(Senators Kuderer, Hunt, Saldana, and Keiser ; Representatives McBride, Gregerson, Robinson, Appleton, Ormsby, Macri, McDonald, Orwall, Reeves, Kagi, Sells, Bergquist, and Pollet)

STATUS SB: Referred to Financial Institutions & Insurance on February 1

STATUS HB: Referred to Judiciary (Unofficially) on January 30

CALL TO ACTION MHCW OPPOSES HB 1514 and Companion Bill SB5520: 3 Year Notice of Community Closure or Conversion


MHCW OPPOSES HB 1514 and Companion Bill SB5520:

3 Year Notice of Community Closure or Conversion

This morning in the House Judiciary Committee, MHCW opposed HB 1514, which requires a minimum of three years notice on closures or conversions of Mobile Home Parks and manufactured housing communities.  We opposed this measure because:

  • This bill is unconstitutional
  • Tenants will not benefit in a partially closed community because a group of tenants wait until the very end and some don’t even move out causing abandoned homes, nuisance, attracting squatters, and looting of property because of abandoned communities.  This creates an unsafe condition and environment.
  • This legislation singles out manufactured mobile home owners in that the legislation does not apply to other groups, such as Non-profits, local governments, housing authority and other real-estate groups.
  • A three-year closure notice may cause the landlord to miss the opportunity to sell because within a three-year notice market changes could develop unfavorable to the landlord.
  • A two or three-year notice does not solve tenants finding housing – the solution is to create more housing stock by building new manufactured housing communities in Washington state.

CONTACT your lawmakers (call and follow-up with an email) in the House of Representatives, if you are not sure who your lawmaker is you can find them on the following link:

Please call all lawmakers, where you live and the location of your park.  You can find contact information at the following:


CONTACT by calling and emailing members of the House Judiciary Committeenames and contact information are attached.

Please TELL them Vote NO on HB 1514 and SB 5520

If you have any questions, please call any of us directly.

Craig Hillis
MHCW Executive Director
(360) 753 8730 

Kyle Woodring
Government Affairs Director
(206) 384-9984

Chester Baldwin
MHCW Lobbyist/Attorney
(360) 688-4588

Mark Gjurasic
MHCW Lobbyist
(360) 481-6000

House of Origin Cutoff Legislative Report Wednesday, February 17 – 5:00 p.m.


Relocation Assistance for Tenants of Mobile Home Parks – SB 6461/HB 2760
The limitation on eligibility to low-income households is eliminated, as is the definition of “low- income household.”
The provision that payments are subject to eligibility verification by the Department and availability of funds is deleted. The date after which mobile home park closures trigger eligibility is updated to the effective date of the act.
There will likely be meetings with manufactured housing landlords and tenant groups to discuss this legislation after session. The Department of Commerce will also be bringing forward parks that they believe will be utilizing tenant relocation funding and possible methodology to generate more tenant relocation funds. Currently, the tenant relocation fund is at approximately $1.4 million. Everyone is concerned that there may not be enough funding as we pay for more tenants to be relocated as described in this legislation.
(Senators O’Ban, Hobbs and Warnick; Representatives Manweller, Springer, Zeiger and Hickel)
STATUS SB: DEAD Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance
STATUS HB: DEAD House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs
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Washington Working Families Can’t Afford Rent Control

Background on Rent Control

During the 1960s and 1970s, state and local governments embarked on an experiment. Costs of living were steadily increasing and major metropolitan areas were unable to accommodate the migration of people into their municipalities. To maintain the supply of affordable housing, governments started passing ordinances to limit the amount that landlords could raise rent. Unfortunately, these experiments failed to meet the objectives they set out to address.

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