Survey: Renter Laws Work, but Landlords Break Them

June 15, 2023

Earlier this year, TRU asked renters who recently received notice of a rent increase to fill out a short survey. This week, we’re publishing a report on the results! Here’s a summary of what we found, and you can read or download the full report here.

  • New notice laws passed in Seattle and in other King County jurisdictions over the past few years appear to be working as intended to give many renters more time to adjust to a rent increase or find new housing.
  • Seattle’s new Economic Displacement Relocation Assistance law may be causing many landlords to keep rent increases under 10 percent (wow!).
  • Non-compliance is high. The landlords of about 1 in 3 survey respondents appeared to be breaking at least one law related to rent increases. More work is needed to ensure that renters and landlords are aware of these laws, and to improve compliance by landlords.

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