With the help of Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata, and the Tenants Union of WA, tenants living in the slumlord Carl Haglund's Charles Street Apartments organized and fought back against appalling living conditions including rats, roaches, black mold, and broken appliances.
Together, they scored a major victory yesterday when Haglund was forced to back off on drastic rent increases, and promised to address housing code violations. This shows the power of getting organized and fighting. We need to step up the protests to win relief for all of the tenants at Carl Haglund’s many properties, and all those living in substandard conditions in Seattle!
- Relocation assistance for all tenants living in buildings with serious code violations.
- Tax big developers to fund enforcement of housing code! DPD must hold landlords like Haglund accountable.
- Make 100% rent increases illegal! We need rent control.
- No rent hikes while there are unresolved housing code violations.