Seattle Grassroots Landlords
We're a network of local, independent, small-scale housing providers working to support each other and to prevent the ongoing degradation of rental housing options in Seattle. The political environment continues to favor large-scale, deep-pocketed landlords at the expense of grassroots landlords and renters alike. We work together with other housing providers, renters and everyone in the community who understands that housing is a major issue and a shared responsibility.
To provide a voice and advocacy for the thousands of small-scale Seattle rental property owners who provide a large portion of Seattle's affordable, independent rental housing
To encourage a rental housing environment where more people are able to become small landlords and remain small landlords — Seattleites offering residential housing to other Seattleites
To prevent ongoing depletion of independent rental housing options in Seattle (as evidenced by dwindling RRIO registrations)
To inform legislative activity, local research and media coverage with authentic Seattle “mom-n-pop” (indie housing provider) perspectives
To advocate for small-scale Seattle rental housing that isn’t disproportionately owned by corporations, government and non-profits — individual property ownership brings the benefits of community wealth-building, equity opportunities, and anti-displacement/gentrification
To provide a forum for peer support and information sharing among Seattle small housing providers
A Brief History
Seattle Grassroots Landlords organically formed at the beginning of 2020, when an assortment of small landlords from throughout the city began chatting outside council chambers after giving independent public comments opposing the winter eviction moratorium. Several of us collaborated on a Seattle Times Op-Ed in February 2020, which resonated with many others. After years of council passing myriad new city regulations (and dismissing strong feedback from more than 4,000 of us who participated in the long-awaited 2018 Seattle Rental Housing Study), more and more independent small housing providers realized Seattle legislative action and rental housing strategies have consistently excluded our input as stakeholders, with serious negative consequences.
Connect with Us
Facebook -- Our group began and is still active as a private Facebook group for local, independent housing providers. If you fit that description, you can request to join our Facebook group.
Email -- You can reach us at: SeattleGrassrootsLandlords@gmail.com. Please note we are a small group of volunteers helping to organize our larger network of housing providers. Response times may be slow.