Spokane tenants, landlords meet with city leaders to discuss rental housing

SPOKANE, Wash. — Local landlords and tenants met with city leaders Tuesday night, discussing the future of renting in Spokane.

The packed meeting was the first that both landlords and tenants were together.

In November, the Spokane City Council deferred a landlord tenant ordinance to together more feedback.

Mayor Nadine Woodward and Spokane City Councilmembers Michael Cathcart and Karen Stratton were at the meeting to hear both sides from the public.

“If anything, it’s putting me off,” said Richard Stevens, a landlord in the city. I’m thinking it’s time to sell, and buy rental property elsewhere. And I don’t want to be rude, but I want to be blunt in that there’s nothing in this that says it’s really going to help you.”

According to the Landlord Union Leader, 42% of the population in Spokane is renting their homes or apartments.

“There has to be some regulations here,” said Michelle Papps, a local tenant. One of the places I feel like we can start is by allowing tenants to be involved in the training process.”

Another idea brought up in the meeting is that instead of an ordinance, the city could hire someone to enforce laws and act as a mediary between landlords and tenants.  A vote will be held on January 23.

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