In much the same way good ideas often die for no good reason, every once in awhile they're revived just as mysteriously-- as is the

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Resurrected in Olympia

Renters rejoice, condo conversion provision gets second life....

In much the same way good ideas often die for no good reason, every once in awhile they're revived just as mysteriously-- as is the case with condo conversion legislation our state capitol.

The bill suffered an untimely death a few weeks back when it failed to move from the House floor before the session deadline. In a surprising turn (cue Yogi Berra), House and Senate leaders have revived the part of the bill that requires landlords to give tenants three months' notice and up to three months' rent before kicking them out to convert apartments to condominiums. They've attached this language to a procedural bill, HB 1187, which codifies and reorganizes a couple statutes related to affordable housing.

Though the reincarnation of the condo conversion bill doesn't include the guts-- a provision that would allow cities to cap the practice-- housing advocates are happy for second life at this late date. They're holding their breath for tomorrow's hearing in the Senate Consumer Protection and Housing Committee where the measure is expected to pass.

Once again, time is of the essence. To stay alive, bills must be voted out of committee by March 30 and gain floor approval (in the opposite chamber from where they originated) by April 13.

 

 
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