Deadline Is Here For Registering Rental Properties With 10+ Units

Schack1_bigLast October the City of Seattle passed the Rental Regulation & Inspection Ordinance that aims to establish a standard for cleanliness and healthy living conditions for all rental properties in the city, and the deadline for the first phase – registering properties with 10 or more units in preparation for inspections – is tomorrow, September 30. Inspections are expected to begin early next year, and inspectors will be looking to make sure that all carbon-monoxide and smoke detectors, locks, windows, hot and cold water, and a heat source are working; making sure there are no infestation issues; and that walls, roofs, and ceilings are in good condition.

The ordinance was put in place after a 2009 survey revealed that an estimated 10 percent of the 148,000 rental units in Seattle had “moderate to severe” physical problems. Over the next two years, most rental properties in Seattle will be required to register and subsequently be inspected, with the exception of owner-occupied properties where an individual room is being rented out, and “accessory dwelling units” that are occupied by an immediate family member of an owner. Units that already have inspection reports on file will not need to be re-inspected.

The city is hoping the ordinance will encourage owners to keep rental units up to the same minimum standard and deal with maintenance issues without having to rely on tenant complaints. Units will be inspected at least once every 10 years, and eventually prospective renters will be able view an online database of all registered properties that have passed inspection. Read more about the program here.

If you are interested in renting in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today.

Walkability Score- What is it and why does it matter?

Pioneer Square Pergola

Pioneer Square Pergola

Walkability- it’s a word that some of you may be familiar with already, and one that real estate marketing often uses. But what exactly does it mean?

Used by Walkscore.com, it’s intended definition is to indicate how easily and readily connected a property is to the neighborhood and community around it. For instance, is the nearest grocery store within easy walking distance? Or would it be necessary to drive there?

The higher a property’s Walk Score (or Transit Score or Bike Score) on a scale of 1-100, the more connected the neighborhood is with the property. Take this chart example. But what makes a community walkable?

  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Now, why is this score important? It’s generally known that those who walk more, whether it’s just a few steps or hundreds of steps a day are generally healthier than those who don’t. By walking more, not only do you get outside, but you also use your car less, and thereby reduce your carbon footprint. If you were able to find a property in a highly walkable area, you might be able to forgo the car altogether!

And here’s some great news: Seattle is rated as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.! With a Walk Score of 71, a Transit Score of 57, and a Bike Score of 64, Seattle is the 8th most walkable city, with it’s most walkable neighborhoods being Downtown, the Denny Triangle, and Pioneer Square.

How important is the walkability of the neighborhood to you when looking for a new property?

Learn To Compost In Your Apartment With Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth

Do you live in an apartment, or just have limited space in your home, and want to learn how to compost? Seattle Tilth, an organization whose mission is to educate the public about sustainable food systems, is hosting a free workshop on July 15 geared specifically toward composting in small spaces.

The workshop will teach participants about “vermiculture”, or worm composting, which creates a rich compost that is ideal for fertilizing your garden. If you live in an apartment and are able to keep a balcony garden, this is a great way to make it sustainable by using leftover food scraps. The workshop is free and will be taking place at Victor Steinbrueck Park, just west of Pike Place Market. Pre-registration is required, and you can do that here.

If your building isn’t ideal for gardening but you still want to find somewhere to put your food scraps other than the landfill, take advantage of the the City of Seattle’s food waste recycling program. Every apartment building with more than five units is required to have a food waste cart available for residents to use, so check with your building to make sure they do!

If you would like more information about renting an apartment in Seattle, contact your local real estate agent today.

 

 

 

 

Downtown Rental Market Update

The rental market has continued its hot trend as we head into the start of spring. Downtown condo’s are renting fast and at a premium rate. With companies continuing to expand in the Downtown area it is becoming more attractive to move back into the city after years of growth in the suburbs. Within the last 30 days Ewing and Clark Inc. has assisted our clients in leasing out their units to quality tenants at competitive prices.

 Recent units that we have leased:
2000 Alaska Way #335
1415 2nd Ave #2401
1240 Terry Ave #1702
If you are considering leasing your property but need assistance with the process, contact one of our leasing experts who can assist you throughout the process.

For Rent: Grand Issaquah Retreat

This wonderful Issaquah retreat is now on the market, and sits on 5.6 acres. The initial walk into the home invites visitors with a grand staircase and features an Epicurean style kitchen with top of the line appliances, granite and cherry cabinets. The Master and guest suites are quite expansive, and other amenities include an indoor golf room with a projection simulator, a dance room with stage, and a media and craft rooms. The backyard feels like you’re sitting in your own private park with a wading pool, waterfall, gazebo and play structure perfect for entertaining guests. This home is near Lake Sammamish State Park, and Tiger Mountain State forest.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 6,8
List Price: $8,000

Looking for a Unique Rental? Live in a Church!

If you’ve been searching for a rental unlike any other around town, check out this converted home on Ballard that was once an actual church! This quirky 6,300 sf Ballard landmark, located at 2007 NW 61st St is partially renovated for residential living quarters, and has that spooky haunted house/old spirits lurking around the church feel to it.

Photo Courtesy of RedFin

This 6 Bedroom, 3.25 bath is equipped with a bell tower, abandoned tricycles amidst the entryway and a relatively large attic space and can be your humble abode for $789,000. Find other listings in the Ballard neighborhood here.

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – RENTED

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views was just rented by Ewing & Clark, Inc. This rental featured a main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Please contact Garrett McGuire or Nate Pearson if you would like assistance in renting your home.

Status: Rented
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
Last List Price: $3,295/mo

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – RENTED

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views was just rented by Ewing & Clark, Inc. This rental featured a main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Please contact Garrett McGuire or Nate Pearson if you would like assistance in renting your home.

Status: Rented
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
Last List Price: $3,295/mo

Capitol Hill Home – RENTED

This beautiful Capitol Hill Home that I previously blogged about has been rented.  To learn more details about this property please click on my last blog regarding this Capitol Hill home. This 4 bedroom and 3.75 bath custom built home was last listed at $6,000/month.

Capitol Hill Home – RENTED

This beautiful Capitol Hill Home that I previously blogged about has been rented.  To learn more details about this property please click on my last blog regarding this Capitol Hill home. This 4 bedroom and 3.75 bath custom built home was last listed at $6,000/month.