Seattle City Council members Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata will discuss rent control at an “Affordable Housing Town Hall” meeting Thursday.
Seattle City Council members Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata are hosting an “Affordable Housing Town Hall” meeting Thursday to hear from members of the public about housing and to unveil a resolution asking that the state Legislature repeal its restriction on cities enacting rent control.
Sawant and Licata hinted at their plan last month when a group they support, the Community Housing Caucus, released a report lobbying Mayor Ed Murray and his task force on housing affordability to support solutions such as rent control.
Murray’s task force is scheduled to issue its recommendations by May 30.
“Everywhere I go, people are talking about rent control,” Sawant said Tuesday. “It’s the responsibility of elected officials to do something.”
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She acknowledged that the resolution likely will be met with stiff opposition, including by some real-estate developers.
The town-hall meeting is 6 p.m. at City Hall.