Seattle Needs Rent Control Now!
Join us September 18th at 4:00PM at Cal Anderson Park to demand strong rent control without corporate loopholes.
Through our collective strength and fighting approach, and using our socialist Council office to build a struggle, we’ve beat back the corporate landlord lobby so far as they have tried to defeat and undermine every single victory we’ve won for renters. We have helped build more of a lifeline for thousands of working families to stay housed during this pandemic. But the fight is far from over.
We know that the crisis for renters is deepening, not letting up. That’s because corporate landlords are wasting no time in jacking up rents in 2021. Seattle landlords have raised rents an average of 13.4 percent between January and May 2021, according to industry analyst ApartmentList.com. That’s 2.5 times the national average! The same report boasted to its landlord clients that “Pandemic pricing’ is officially over” and “2021 has seen some of the fastest rent growth we have on record in our data.”
These shocking 2021 rent increases are precisely why we need to ban rent increases without 6 months notice, and require landlords to pick up the cost of the trauma and dislocation they cause when they evict tenants through rent increases. Our Council office has brought forward legislation to accomplish both. And we know that Seattle renters will need the eviction moratorium extended through the end of 2021, because September 30 just won’t be enough time to complete the slow process of federal and local aid distribution. Above all, we need rent control.
Winning these protections for renters will require putting massive pressure on the political establishment in Seattle. Join the movement of renters and working people at our Rent Control Now! rally on September 18th at 4PM at Cal Anderson Park to demand rent control and the Renters’ Bill of Rights that Seattle renters deserve!
We didn’t win the nation’s strongest ban on school-year evictions by attempting to negotiate inside deals with the Democratic political establishment or by trying to satisfy corporate landlords. Rather, we won by actively involving renters in putting together our full Renters’ Bill of Rights, by mobilizing renters and workers and other community members, who wrote hundreds of letters and added thousands of signatures to petitions in just the last few weeks. And we’ll continue winning crucial victories by uniting working people and demanding our rights, not by asking for them.
Join us on September 18th to keep fighting to put working-class renters, who make up the majority in Seattle, before corporate landlord profits. It’s time to fight to win a universal rent control policy without corporate loopholes, and to cancel all rental, mortgage, and utility debt for ordinary people who lost income during COVID. We have set an ambitious goal of reaching 20,000 signatures by the time of the rally. If you haven’t already, please sign our petition (https://tinyurl.com/RentControlForSeattle) to demand that the City Council stand with working-class renters, marginalized communities, and struggling small businesses. Then share it with your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors, and we’ll see you at the rally!