Stable Homes initiative qualifies for November ballot

The initiative would create good cause eviction protections for renters.

Initiative 19-001 has qualified for the November ballot in Federal Way.

The initiative, which King County Elections certified on Aug. 1, would create good cause eviction protections for renters by requiring landlords to provide reason before evicting tenants; ensure renters have the ability to live with family; protect tenants from retaliatory evictions; and protect members of the military, first responders, seniors, family members, health care providers, or educators from discriminatory evictions.

Organizers and volunteers knocked on more than 30,000 doors and collected about 10,000 signatures in roughly two months. Martin Luther King County Labor Council, Federal Way Education Association, tenant organizations, and Federal Way City Council members Martin Moore and Jesse Johnson endorsed the initiative.

The Rental Housing Association (a landlord lobbying group) recently sued to block Initiative 19-001 from getting on the ballot. But, the courts denied a restraining order last Monday, and denied RHA’s motion for an injunction last Thursday.

More information can be found at stablehomesfederalway.com.

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