Do you live in King County? Have you had to move without cause because of a 20-day notice?
We need you to share your story with the King County Council in support of Just Cause Eviction Protections!
In June, long-time community advocate and 14-year resident of Skyway, Mergitu Argo was given a 20-day "No Cause" notice with no explanation from her landlord. Despite having been a great tenant in the same building for 14 years, Mergitu was told by the property management that she only had a couple of weeks to leave, or she would face an eviction lawsuit.
Mergitu quickly moved to action and discovered that her neighbors - all families of color - had also received 20-day no-cause notices to leave. Since the apartments are just one mile outside Seattle city limits, the tenants were not protected by the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance that requires Seattle landlords to have a legitimate business reason to terminate a tenancy.
To protect their homes and their families, Mergitu and other Bryn Mawr Plaza tenants organized to draw attention to their building’s shameful actions. The action was covered by local media and their efforts paid off! Their landlord rescinded the notices, taking away the threat of arbitrary eviction.
Thanks to pressure from Bryn Mawr Plaza tenants and local organizations, the King County Council is considering much-needed Just Cause protections in order to improve community stability in Skyway and the rest of unincorporated King County!
King County Council’s Health, Housing and Human Services Committee will hear a presentation on Just Cause Eviction Protections in at their committee meeting on Tuesday, July 30th, at 9:30am. We are asking everyone who can to turn out in support of these crucial tenant protections, especially King County residents who have received 20-day notices and are willing to testify about the experience and the impact that it’s had on their lives.
Just Cause protections help prevent homelessness; promote stability and long-term tenancy; empower tenants to ask for needed repairs; and protect renters from discrimination and retaliation. Please join us in person if you can, or email the King County council and ask them to pass Just Cause at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in testifying, please email email@example.com or call (206) 722-6848 ext. 114.