The Op-Ed on the Seattle City Council’s proposal to deny winter-month evictions, which the council passed Monday, hit the apartment nail on the head [“Seattle keeps making it harder for small landlords like us,” Feb. 10, Opinion]. I have owned and operated small apartment buildings in Seattle for more than 45 years and rarely find it necessary to evict tenants.
Smaller, older apartment buildings like mine are the backbone of Seattle’s affordable housing.
For many of us, our investment in rental housing is our resource for retirement. I’m sure our City Council would not think of taxing personal 401(k) investments to support those unable to pay their rent.
If the law goes into effect, apartment owners such as myself will ultimately resort to tighter rental requirements and/or increased rents. Council members need to get a clue on how their actions affect the rental-housing market.
Roger Newell, Seattle