Now that we’ve successfully re-legalized most “missing middle” housing types in Spokane, many housing advocates have been asking the question…what’s next?
I agree with a lot of your comments your suggestions. I really would like to see SROs become a thing again. Another thing that needs to be done is make the missing middle interim ordinance permanent. I know that's in progress, but we can't get complacent there.
As a small landlord here in Spokane, I support many of these ideas. I am concerned about legal restrictions that eliminate end of tenancy and evictions. My wife and I work very hard to screen our tenants. Yes, that's discrimination. We have to sit down with 20-30 applicants and try to decide who fits our building the best. Our belief is that our tenants should have a say in who they live with. We can't share private applicant information with our tenants. But if a tenant is stealing packages, selling drugs (which is really hard to prove, except people come in and out for 10 minutes all hours of the night and day, especially at the beginning of the month) or breaking occupancy rules. Shouldn't they have a voice. They have to live together. Maybe they should have a stake in this deal. I have a simple business contract between me and each tenant which comes down to; pay rent on time, we provide a decent place to live. All the behavioral issues are between tenants, not really landlords. I don't live there, they do. How about some laws that protect good renters from bad renters?