Ordinance Protecting Vulnerable Renters
Changes in the Bellingham housing market have resulted in unusually low vacancy rates and a significant increase in rental costs. The current vacancy rate is approximately 1.79%. Incomes have not kept pace with rent increases.
To address these concerns, the City of Bellingham has enacted new ordinances designed to provide some protection for vulnerable renters. The primary ordinances took effect on March 12, 2018, and apply to properties located in the City of Bellingham. An ordinance amending notice requirements was made final on March 13, 2023, and becomes effective on March 28, 2023.
Key rental protections are described below:
Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center – http://www.whatcomdrc.org/
360-676-0122 or email@example.com
Bellingham Housing Authority – http://www.bellinghamhousing.org/
360-527-4618 (for landlords interested in becoming a Housing Choice landlord) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning and Community Development Department (City of Bellingham) – www.cob.org/rentals
360-778-8300 or email@example.com