CORE, the Center for Owner-Occupied Real Estate is an arm of the Bipartisan Wing, a Washington State PAC focused on rebuilding the political center.

We are currently raising money to develop and promote a Washington State bill to exempt owner-occupied rental housing from rental housing legislation, including emergency proclamations like eviction moratoriums. The bill will provide exemptions for shared housing, DADUs, ADUs, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes where the owner-occupant landlord lives on-site. The bill has many benefits.  

Reduces risk for owner-occupant landlords.

A tsunami of local and state rental laws, many of which are quite hostile to owner-occupied landlords, have introduced a level risk that small owner-occupied rental property landlords – and potential ones – are unwilling to subject themselves to. Statewide, there are as many as 1,000,000 potential shared housing units alone that remain vacant often out of fear of legal and financial consequences.  

Creates more rental housing diversity and affordability in more neighborhoods.  

Some renters want to live in tall buildings and dense neighborhoods, but other renters seek housing in quiet bucolic neighborhoods. This bill will provide more options for that. Additionally, owner-occupant landlords tend to keep rents low and churn at a minimum. 

Makes home ownership more affordable. 

Who couldn’t use another source of income to reduce the burden of today’s mortgages? Supporting and encouraging homeowners to create low-risk housing units on the land where they live will help us build back up to 60% homeownership, a healthy percentage that cities like Seattle haven’t realized since 1990. 

Talmadge/Fitzpatrick will be retained to develop the legislation. Phil Talmadge is a former WA State Senator and former WA State Supreme Court Justice. He has a rental law specialist, Aaron Orheim, on staff. We’ll have a lot of wisdom and experience working for us with that team.

Talmadge/Fitzpatrick will begin their work as soon as we have raised the money to retain them.

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