Renters in Seattle are increasingly finding themselves at odds with their landlords.
With a citywide moratorium on new construction, the number of new homes built each year is plummeting, and many new apartments are finding themselves in the shadow of the city’s housing shortage.
To make matters worse, new apartment buildings in Seattle have been popping up all over the city.
And with the city trying to find affordable ways to get new residents into apartments, the rental market has gotten more complicated.
In Seattle, many new tenants are opting to rent out their apartments rather than purchase them outright, which means landlords have to offer more services to help them afford rent.
“The city is struggling to find places to live that are affordable to people, so many new people are renting out apartments,” said Emily, a Seattle-based Airbnb host who asked that her last name not be used because she is in the process of leaving Seattle.
“They’re really just not paying much rent.
There’s a huge gap between what the average rental in Seattle is and what it is for the average renter.”
That’s because the typical renter in Seattle pays a whopping $2,000 to $3,000 a month for a single-family home, while the average homeowner pays about $1,200 a month.
In the case of an Airbnb rental, the owner gets a discount on their rent, so a renter can get a better deal, especially if the new owner is a big company like Airbnb.
The most common reason renters rent out a property is to avoid the high cost of rent, according to the city of Seattle.
For many, that’s because they don’t want to pay that much money for their own apartment, but they’re struggling to make ends meet, and renting out a place they don-t have a lease on could help them avoid a mortgage payment.
A recent study from the nonprofit Center for Affordable Housing found that renters who were able to lease out their apartment had a better financial situation than those who were forced to buy.
“Rents are really expensive in Seattle,” said Jessica Buehler, the co-founder of Seattle’s Better Housing Partnership, which provides affordable housing to people who qualify.
“It’s kind of a double-edged sword because you’re not paying as much rent and you don’t have to pay as much out-of-pocket, but you still have to make a good living.”
Bueler says she’s heard anecdotally that some landlords are now offering free housing for the renter who rents out their home to the renker, and that some of the new renters have used that to help pay their bills.
That means if a rencer has to rent a home out to someone else, they can still get some income while also saving money on their monthly rent.
In fact, the average rent in a Seattle apartment has risen by almost 15% over the last two years, according a study from Realtor.com, a website that connects renters with landlords.
But the rental shortage isn’t just limited to apartments.
Many renters are choosing to rent for short-term rentals, meaning they don a place for the long-term, and some landlords have been trying to get around the city moratorium on building new apartment complexes by offering them a place to rent.
But these landlords don’t seem to be helping the renters in a lot of ways, because they can often be hard to track.
A Seattle apartment complex that was built in 2014 was the subject of a city audit that found that it had numerous issues with safety and tenant safety, according the Seattle Times.
According to the audit, the complex’s parking lot was unsafe because people were walking in it.
The building was listed as unsafe for anyone to walk in and had “multiple violations” for the lack of proper signage, the audit said.
And the building’s parking garage was rated as unsafe by the Department of Transportation because of a “poor lighting system,” according to a report from the city auditor.
The audit also found that the complex was overcrowded, and the owners had to move tenants from other apartments because of the building needing to be demolished.
A spokesperson for the owners told the Times that the building was “safe, well maintained and in excellent condition.”
But it’s hard to tell if that’s true, since there’s a big gap between the number and quality of new apartment building permits issued in Seattle each year.
That’s why Airbnb has begun to focus on finding new apartments that are more affordable.
Airbnb said it started offering rentals in Seattle in December, after the city released a moratorium on all new housing construction.
Airbnb also partnered with a local non-profit organization called Rebuild Seattle, which was trying to build affordable housing for people who are currently homeless or in temporary housing.
The group also said it was looking to partner with other local nonprofits to create “micro-rental” communities, where people could rent a small apartment and be in touch with other locals.
Airbnb is working with Rebuild