Tenants who were charged surprise and expensive fees after moving out of their rentals will protest their landlord Wednesday and call on Federal Way City Council to enact a rental inspection program with a legal process to hold landlords accountable.
Tenants who moved out of a Federal Way building, because they were escaping unhealthy living conditions, are now facing surprise fees. The landlord of the building is demanding moving tenants pay up to $4,000.
Now many of these tenants are in debt, simply because they didn’t have a legal process to hold their landlord accountable. Tenants and advocates have repeatedly appeared before Federal Way City Council to urge them to pass the Rental Inspection Ordinance. If passed, the law would provide summary proceedings options for tenants, giving them the ability to hold their landlord accountable at no extra cost to the city.
Unfortunately, the council hasn’t even introduced the ordinance, which has left many tenants, including the tenants protesting on Wednesday, in precarious conditions under neglectful landlords.
Now renters are joining together to demand fair treatment from their landlord.