Fight the Slumlords
Tenants at 6511 Rainier Ave South have been living with cockroaches, mold, rats, broken heaters, damaged electrical outlets and broken appliances. Then, notorious slumlord Carl Haglund tried to double rents and economically evict 13 households in order to avoid paying relocation assistance.
After Councilmember Kshama Sawant and the Tenant’s Union organized a press conference at the building and then a protest in front of his offices, Haglund backed off raising rents. Now Sawant is building off this momentum to introduce legislation that would make it illegal for landlords to raise rents while there are pending housing code violations.