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Seattle and Washington State Are Being Sued Over Their Eviction Moratoriums

A new lawsuit argues that the city and state's eviction bans are an unconstitutional impairment of contracts unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Trump administration's eviction moratorium goes into effect Friday, criminalizing rental property owners across the country from evicting tenants for the non-payment of rent. At the same time, legal controversies about similar state and local policies continue to flare up.

Last week, several landlords in Seattle, Washington filed suit against their city and state governments for imposing eviction bans, which the plaintiffs argue are an unconstitutional violation of their property rights.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) issued one of the country's first, and most comprehensive, eviction moratoriums in late February in response to the early outbreak of coronavirus in that state, banning landlords from filing for eviction unless a tenant is creating a significant health and safety risk, or if the owner is planning on selling or moving into the property. That moratorium was extended in July and is currently set to expire in mid-October.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued her own eviction moratorium in March, which sunsets either at the end of the year or when the mayor calls an end to the city's state of emergency.

This was followed by the Seattle City Council passing an ordinance that prevents evictions within six months of Durkan's moratorium expiring. The council also passed an ordinance giving tenants a set amount of time to pay back rent that they owe. Like the state moratorium, Seattle's eviction ban prevents all evictions save for cases where a tenant poses an imminent health or safety risk to other tenants.

The plaintiffs in last week's lawsuit include two small rental property companies and one individual landlord.

One plaintiff, El Papel, LLC, alleges that two of its two tenants have refused to pay rent since April and that one of them has tried to get other renters in the building to engage in a rent strike. Another plaintiff, Karvell Li, has a tenant that has not paid rent consistently since June of last year, and who has refused to negotiate payment plans with Li.

A third plaintiff, Berman 2, LLC, owned by Osho Berman, has historically provided housing to lower-income and formerly homeless renters at below-market rates, according to the complaint. Berman has six tenants who are not paying rent and who have refused to negotiate any sort of payment plan.

"The blanket eviction ban puts landlords at the mercy of tenants who do not to pay rent, whether they face financial hardship or not," reads the lawsuit, which has been filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation. "The eviction bans have upended lease obligations and stripped landlords of one of their most basic of property rights—the right of possession—leaving them with no bargaining power and no remedy against non-paying tenants."

The lawsuit makes two constitutional claims against the state and city eviction bans, says Ethan Blevins, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation. The first is that these policies violate the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on states passing laws "impairing the obligation of contracts."

"Eviction is the primary enforcement mechanism" for rental contracts, says Blevins. "When you remove the enforcement mechanism for a violation of the contract, as is the case here, you've impaired the contract."

Preventing landlords from repossessing their property from non-paying tenants, argues Blevins, also amounts to a taking of property without just compensation in violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"When the government forces you to allow that person to continue to reside there and you can't repossess it, that's taking a valuable property right," says Blevins.

In comments to The Seattle Times, spokespeople for both Durkan and Inslee defended their respective eviction moratoriums as legal emergency measures to prevent the pandemic from spawning an eviction and homelessness crisis.

So far during the pandemic, the number of people paying at least part of their rent has stayed pretty steady at around 90 percent at higher-end properties, which is only slightly less than where payment rates were last year. The percentage of people paying rent at is worse at lower-end buildings.

The lack of a huge surge in non-payment weakens the legal case against eviction moratoriums, Edmund Witter, managing attorney for the Housing Justice Project at the King County Bar Association in Washington, told The Seattle Times.

"Delinquency rates have not been horrible," he said to the Times. "The reality is I don't think [landlords] have too much to complain about right now."

Blevins counters that there's been no surge in evictions in places where moratoriums have expired. Data from Princeton University's Eviction Lab shows eviction filings are below historic averages in almost every city.

In late June, a U.S. District Court in New York upheld that state's eviction moratorium in the face of a legal challenge from landlords, ruling that the emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic justified the moratorium and that limitations on when property owners could file for eviction don't count as a taking.

The Pacific Legal Foundation had sued the California Judicial Council—the rule-making body for that state's court system—over the council's eviction moratorium on separation-of-powers grounds in June. The Judicial Council announced in mid-August that they'd let their ban to expire. The California legislature has since passed a statewide extension of that moratorium.

The fact that Seattle's eviction moratorium expires six months after the emergency, and that both Washington and Seattle's eviction moratoriums protect tenants who haven't suffered pandemic-related financial hardship, makes them more vulnerable to lawsuits.

"It's extending beyond what's necessary to deal with the public health crisis or to deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic," Blevins says. "If a law isn't reasonably related or proportional to an emergency, then I think it's more susceptible to legal challenge."

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  1. And they are right. It is unconstitutional.

    If they want o null and void a contract based on a government declared indefinite “emergency” maybe they can null and void those teachers contracts.

    1. Pretty clearly an unconstitutional taking. If the State wishes for these people to avoid rent, it can pay their rent for them.

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    2. 3 things

      1) I agree. The Constitution as written, by my reading, disallows this.

      2) The Constitution, as written, is not the standard that appears to be used any longer.

      3) I despair at the possibility of getting courts to agree with us.

      The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad, and follow on laws have expanded it greatly. As a result, I fully expect a large amount of legal argumentation that says our opinion is flat wrong.

      The good news is that judicial appointments have changed under Trump, and seem to be moving back toward more strict observation of the Constitution as written.

      1. “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

        Citation please. I find no emergency powers unrelated to war.

        (of course, I find no “right of privacy”, so I might be wrong)

        1. As for right of privacy, see the 9th amendment and the fact that no power was granted to violate one’s privacy.

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          1. Did you read it or just the headline only? It isn’t a good constitutional defense for executive power. In fact it states it is the State that had primacy on health related powers. The only mention of the constitution is their authority to use the army to enforce laws. It says nothing about unconstitutional law enforcement.

            When a paper cites no actual language of the constitution it probably isn’t a good candidate with which to make an argument.

            1. “JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              gimbal
              September.8.2020 at 5:32 pm
              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.”

              1. The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad,

                Your statement. Not supported by the link.

                Double down please.

                1. “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

                  1. triple down. Lol. Keep digging. Just a sock anyways.

                    1. “JesseAz
                      September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                      Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                      Longtobefree
                      September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                      “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                    2. Sqrsly, knock knock.

                    3. “JesseAz
                      September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                      Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                      Longtobefree
                      September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                      “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

            2. “It isn’t a good constitutional defense for executive power.”

              And I said “excutive power?” No little troll, not me.

              The actual statement “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad, and follow on laws have expanded it greatly”

              E-M-E-R-G-E-N-C-Y not E-X-E-C-U-T-I-V-E

              They’re big words I know and they look similar but still.

              “In fact it states it is the State that had primacy on health related powers. ”

              Yes, and that state primacy is…granted by…? What document?

              Right.

              Go home now little troll. You’re not smart enough for this.

              1. The word “emergency” doesn’t appear in the constitution. The only place in the constitution where mentions anything like a right being suspended is the writ of habeus corpus in event of an insurrection or invasion.

                There is no constitutional support for suspension of rights of citizens not convicted of crimes.

                1. What an awesome and toally unrelated non-sequitur.

                  Thank you!

                  If I ever say or think that the Constitution has the word “emergency” in it I’ll try to remember your input here.

                2. Oh, God, I just read what Gimbal has been doing the entire thread. Never mind. Waste of my time.

                  1. Yeah pointing out that something I never said was in the Constitution isn’t in the Constitution was definitely a waste of your time!

                    Great correcuon!

              2. I literally quoted the discussion on emergency powers from your own links that contradicted your initial assertion. And you have the temerity to call other people trolls? Lol.

                1. “It isn’t a good constitutional defense for executive power.”

                  And I said “excutive power?” No little troll, not me.

                  The actual statement “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad, and follow on laws have expanded it greatly”

                  E-M-E-R-G-E-N-C-Y not E-X-E-C-U-T-I-V-E

                  They’re big words I know and they look similar but still.

                  “In fact it states it is the State that had primacy on health related powers. ”

                  Yes, and that state primacy is…granted by…? What document?

                  Right.

                  1. Right. Run away little troll.

                  2. How many times does the word emergency appear in italics on this thread oh sweet retard. From your own links.

                    You fucked up. Own it.

                    1. Yeah you totally know you’re wrong.

                      It’s why you keep avoiding the question you know I’m right about while yammering about nonsense little troll.

          2. Let me be more specific; please identify the part of the US Constitution grants emergency powers to the executive or legislative branch.
            I am not interested in the opinions of others, just the actual constitutional reference.

            1. “Let me be more specific”

              Don’t bother.

              1. Or just one argument from an article you actually did read. An actual constitutional clause.

                Or keep cutting and pasting sqrsly.

                1. gimbal
                  September.8.2020 at 5:46 pm
                  “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please

                  Citation please

                  Citation please

                2. JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:59 pm
                  Or just one argument from an article you actually did read. An actual constitutional clause

                  gimbal
                  September.8.2020 at 5:31 pm
                  Read those. The fact that you don’t even acknowledge the existence of the “guarantee clause” means you need to read up bigly

                  Is this guy Jesse really this thick? He asks me for something he was already given 20 minites earlier in a post he replied to.

                  1. where did I deny it sqrsly? All I did was quote your own citations back to you dummy.

                    Here is the clause:

                    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.

                    It has nothing to do with your assertion of broad emergency powers idiot. Especially in the realm of national quarantine.

                    Just admit you fucked up and didn’t read your own links dumb ass.

                    1. “where did I deny”

                      Deny?

                      Who said deny little troll? No we all know what happened.

                      You weren’t even educated enough to know what it was!

                      That’s why you said

                      JesseAz
                      September.8.2020 at 5:59 pm
                      Or just one argument from an article you actually did read. An actual constitutional clause

                      after you already read it!

                      You had what you asked for and didn’t know enough about the subject to see it!

                      You think “emergency” and “executive” are the same word!

                    2. The same place he got “executive”

                    3. Lol. And gimbal proves he is socking. He answered himself.

                      Fucked up again sqrsly.

                      You’re mad I literally quoted your own citations you provided back to you to show you you were wrong.

                      Read your links next time dummy.

                    4. I don’t think anyone is gonna buy that excuse.

                      i mean, I know you’re embarrassed but when you’re afraid to answer and we can see it all your trolling does is make you look worse.

                      The question stands. No one said quarintine. You keep maojg things up.

                      And then you ran away.

                    5. Man that’s embarassing you make something up, can’t answer a question about what you made up, and then you go full paranoid schizo.

                      You couldn’t even once refute my claim!

                    6. “I don’t think anyone is gonna buy that excuse”

                      He knows. He is desperate. He kept bringing up things no one said and trying to relate them to my comment because he knows he’s wrong.

                      He hasn’t even once correctly understood my position.

                      And this is his home obviously and looking terrible like he has is a soul killer for him so he is desperate to salvage anything like a win

                      But instead he just looks like a psycho.

                      He answered himself.

                      See that? It’s silly obviously and insane, but he’d rather look insane than just admit he doesn’t have any idea what is being discussed and that he looked foolish.

            2. **I am not interested in the opinions of others**
              Interesting approach to learning ConLaw

          1. Lulz at using Brennan center.

            1. “JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              gimbal
              September.8.2020 at 5:32 pm
              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.”

              1. Doubling down on retardation turns you into sqrsly

                1. “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please

                  Citation please

          1. Learn to link.

            1. “JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              gimbal
              September.8.2020 at 5:32 pm
              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.”

          1. lol…

            There are, however, limits and restraints upon the President in his exercise of emergency powers. With the exception of the habeas corpus clause, the Constitution makes no allowance for the suspension of any of its provisions during a national emergency.

            Jeff. Is that you?

            1. “JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.

              Citation please.

              Citation please

              Citation please

          1. First fucking sentence.

            The Constitution does not expressly grant the President additional war powers or other powers in times of national emergency.

            1. JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              gimbal
              September.8.2020 at 5:32 pm
              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.

          1. Literally just a page leading to a different link.

            Did you even fucking open your links?

            1. JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              gimbal
              September.8.2020 at 5:32 pm
              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please

              1. lol. You know you look retarded now for posting shit you couldn’t bother to read that actually contradicts your comment.

                1. “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

          1. Actual quote:

            we have no emergency powers clause in the U.S. Constitution and courts have generally been reluctant to grant the executive such powers by implication.

            God you look dumb.

            1. JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              gimbal
              September.8.2020 at 5:32 pm
              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.

              1. You cited something that contradicted your statement on emergency powers dumb ass

                1. “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  1. Yes. You never actually supported your statement dummy. In fact the ones I checked contradicted it. Lol.

                    1. “JesseAz
                      September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                      Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                      Longtobefree
                      September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                      “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

          1. Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

            1. Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.

              1. None of your citations state where the emergency powers abuse pursue of war and habeas corpus dummy.

                Linking to shit you obviously didn’t bother to read isnt a citation.

                1. “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

        2. Read those. The fact that you don’t even acknowledge the existence of the “guarantee clause” means you need to read up bigly.

          And stop with the childish “citation” stuff.

          1. Not one of your links actually supported your statement dummy.

            1. “JesseAz
              September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
              Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

              Longtobefree
              September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
              “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

              Citation please.

              1. Yeah. You’ve lost. Lol.

                1. “JesseAz
                  September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                  Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                  Longtobefree
                  September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                  “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  Citation please.

                  1. Come out and play sqrsly

                    1. “JesseAz
                      September.8.2020 at 5:23 pm
                      Posting 20 links you didnt read isn’t an argument dummy.

                      Longtobefree
                      September.8.2020 at 5:02 pm
                      “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad”

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                    2. Ha! The only way anyone should converse with that troll Jesse!

                    3. hints as well as you do dol. Google a quick headline, doesn’t bother to read. Thats completely your style. Why don’t you help your intellectual equal out. Make his cited argument for him. Because he didnt read any of his links. Or are you gonna be a coward and run away again?

                    4. by the way dol…. fucking hilarious that reading someone’s actual links is considered trolling. Lol. God. So pathetic.

                    5. Quiet boy, we adults are talking.

                    6. Citation please.

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please.

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                      Citation please

                      so far, you’ve yet to post one.

                    7. Look again genius.

                    8. You’ve made a single argument about the guarantee clause which you cant find one constitutional scholar states would apply to a national quarantine dummy.

                      You fucked up.

                    9. You think “emergency” and “executive” are the same word!

                      You asked for a clause 20 minutes after you relied to a post which had it becuase you didn’t know what it was!

                      Everyone can see now that you’ve resorted to simply lying that you know you are wrong!

                    10. “you cant find one constitutional scholar states would apply to a national quarantine”

                      My original claim

                      “The emergency powers granted by the Constitution are broad, and follow on laws have expanded it greatly”

                      What in the actual fuck are you gibbering about crazy guy!

                      You’re so upset you’re attributing things to me that your medication should have stopped you from hearing!

                    11. Where’d you get quaratine from Jesse?

                    12. The same place he got “executive”

                    13. Quarantine, evictions. Doesn’t matter. The guarantee clause doesn’t cover either action as an emergency power. He fucked up. Go read his links. He googled a term and linked the first 20 without even bothering to read them.

                    14. JesseAz
                      September.8.2020 at 8:12 pm
                      Quarantine, evictions. Doesn’t matter.

                      You lied but it doesn’t matter.

                      Totally sane.

                    15. “The guarantee clause doesn’t cover either action as an emergency power”

                      And since once again I never said it did, you look really bad.

                      Really bad.

                    16. Lol. And gimbal proves he is socking. He answered himself

                      Noooo insane person, it simply got poated in the wrong place..

                      (Jesse’s crazy isn’t he?)

                    17. He’s an idiot ignore him.

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    4. Agreed. The fact that “they” think “they” can simply declare an “Emergency” and get away with anything they want is truly frightening. Not even to mention all the other unconstitutional takings that go on without any declarations of emergency. So no one should be surprised.

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  2. “The eviction bans have upended lease obligations and stripped landlords of one of their most basic of property rights—the right of possession—leaving them with no bargaining power and no remedy against non-paying tenants.”

    Well, these aren’t “rights” so much as privileges. Our new socialist regime intends to remedy that little misunderstanding.

    1. After its retreat to Taiwan, the Nationalist government carried out a program of land reform under the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction.[35] The land reform law removed the landlord class,

      Closer and closer to Mao we go.

      1. Actually, its worse: we are heading closer and closer to Madame Mao.

  3. In the good ol’ progressive days, government taxed those with property in order to raise funds so they could give benefits to the needy.

    Now they want to cut out the middleman, and just force the transfer without going through the inefficient tax-benefit cycle. A libertarian moment?

  4. spokespeople for both Durkan and Inslee defended their respective eviction moratoriums as legal emergency measures to prevent the pandemic from spawning an eviction and homelessness crisis.

    With all the homeless in Seattle now, an increase wouldn’t be noticed.

    1. An eviction and homelessness crisis that totally wasn’t foreseeable when they ordered all non-essential businesses closed.

      1. Their homeless issues predate the current fauxpocalypse.

    2. With all the deadbeats participating in this “nothing short of a revolution” we’ve got going on, maybe they can get them for quartering troops?

  5. Wesley Mouch would be so proud.

    1. “It’s not my fault! I need wider powers!”
      Ayn was indeed a prophetess.

  6. People are learning to panic and hyperventilate when a novel virus comes around so they can get free stuff. And big tech loves it because they make bank when people are sitting at home. (As does wall street and the medical industry and the socialists.) Meanwhile main street America gets crushed. And they’re mostly silent, at least online, because they’re justifiably terrified of the gangs of panic pushers who accuse you of ‘killing grandma’ and ‘ground glass opacities’ in children’s lungs.

    Anyway the main problem is we’re in late stage capitalism so there are few big opportunities left to strike it rich, so people are feeling restless and trapped and so turn to socialism to create a host of new problems. Which of course it will.

    1. and when you say they’re terrified of the gangs, you mean actual gangs of mostly peaceful protestors with improvised incendiary devices

      1. Funnily enough, many people are more terrified of the online gangs than irl. They can be seen advocating for battles in the street while avoiding online conflict. Social media segregated into echo chambers a long time ago. The end result could be a real war. I don’t know whether that’s because of fear or cynicism.

  7. they all think everything is unconstitutional. get out there and figure it out and stop the crying.

  8. And many tenants are (or were) making more on unemployment and the 600 dollar a week bonus than they were before while working. And view the eviction moratorium as an excuse not to pay rent.

    But landlords living on rent payments have no unemployment compensation to apply for.

  9. If the landlords boarded up the doors and windows, and set the building on fire with the tenets inside would they be arrested?

    1. Not if they chant the correct slogans – – – – – – – –

    2. The answer, Rev., is it depends.

      If you were one of the tenets (sic) (don’t they provide orthographic instruction at the Ivies?), no.

  10. Wait? Just a few months ago, there were multiple articles in this very paper about the sheer number of people who weren’t paying rent. Some numbers were quoted as high as 20-30%.

    Is it too much to ask that Reason references past articles that directly contradict the current one and either cite, refute, or explain them?

    1. “Is it too much to ask that Reason references past articles that directly contradict the current one and either cite, refute, or explain them?”

      Of course it is.

  11. “Delinquency rates have not been horrible,” he said to the Times. “The reality is I don’t think [landlords] have too much to complain about right now.”

    Up yours, pal.

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  17. I have a tenant in my very own home who has basically taken over with his filth and disrespect. And I blame Inslee’s “protection” order because it has emboldened my tenant to epic proportions. A few examples: He goes to work every day (carpenter, told me $45/hr), and bought a new car 1 month ago, and yet doesn’t pay rent. He has broken most other terms of the lease agreement, and anything I say just increases his mischief and nuisance and insults. He regularly tells me to f-off, calls people N*g and N*gger and Honky and Spic and Gay. (My other housemates are E. Indian and Hispanic and we NEVER use such words). He plays racist programming and video games loud and late at all hours and in the kitchen/common area and right in front of others. He leaves his feces in the toilet for other to clean up. He helps himself to others’ food. He refuses entry. He regularly disables – or permanently disables I don’t know – the two smoke detectors I put in his room after he first started smoking in his room. He smokes marijuana so much it seeps all over the house – much to our chagrin. He’s told me multiple times that he’s leaving on x date, but doesn’t. He knows how to speak expeditiously to get out of any moment. What do I have if I don’t have a enforceable lease agreement!? Inslee…your “protection” is actually harmful and has resulted in summer at my house being a nightmare.

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