The Bellingham City Council gave final approval on March 13, 2023, to an ordinance that requires 120 days advance notice before any rent increases for residential units. The ordinance takes effect March 28, 2023.
This change is in response to community concerns about housing affordability in general, and particular concerns about rent increases occurring in Bellingham’s extremely tight rental market. The purpose of this ordinance is to provide more time for renters to plan for rent increases or explore different housing options. For more information, see the City’s news release about the change in notification requirements.