President's Letter

from the October, 2017 CCRA news


Have you noticed that fall has arrived? Pretty soon we will be focusing on the Holidays. The weather has undergone a decided change from summer heat to fall coolness and showers. That means it is time for us to begin serious preparation of our rentals for the winter rains. Have we checked the condition of our roofs? We need to make sure gutters are clean. Shrubs should be cut back away from exterior walls.
It is also time to prepare and mail a winter prep letter to our tenants. Don’t forget to remind them to remove hoses from the hose bibs to prevent frozen (read that exploded) pipes.
There are many non-profits in Clark County who focus their efforts on affordable housing and the homeless and are doing good works. However the board decided about a year ago that Habitat for Humanity along with their building supply arm ReStore is the best fit for CCRA to engage with. The primary reason is that Habitat provides an avenue where families dedicate a specific time and energy towards home ownership. Since then the board of CCRA has been focused on supporting Habitat. If you have surplus or recycled building materials, consider donating them to their ReStore facility located at I-205 and Mill Plain.
Several of our members attended and donated to Habitat’s Raising the Roof breakfast a few weeks ago. It is their largest fund-raising event of the year. CCRA members donated $1600! As a result CCRA is now listed as one of their official sponsors.
One of the many activities of Habitat is their Brush with Kindness program. This program is focused on cleaning up yards and buildings of low-income home-owners. If you notice an overgrown yard across the street from or next door to one of your rentals, call or email Melissa Edwards (Melissa@ehfh.org, 360-737-1759 x 207) at the Vancouver Evergreen Habitat office. She will add it to their list of folks to contact about providing some assistance.
There was a nice turnout last month to learn about the merger with the Washington Landlord Association (WLA) as well as being updated first-hand on our challenges in the upcoming legislative session. It was interesting to learn that the name of the new merged association will be Washington Landlord Association (WLA).
As members of CCRA you are automatically members of WLA. As such you have access to their members-only section of the www.WAAPT.org website. You are entitled to receive an email copy of their quarterly statewide newsletter The Source. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, just call 425-353-6929. Tell them you are a member of CCRA.
Our speaker for October will be speaking on a topic critical for all of us. Our Legal Advisor Attorney Quinn Posner will be reviewing ways to avoid evictions and if we are unsuccessful, how to properly serve notices along with timelines for each step. Be sure to call in early and make your reservation as these meetings are always very well attended.