Friday was a bad day for Rentberry in Seattle. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones ruled against it in its lawsuit challenging the City of Seattle’s moratorium on rent-bidding web sites. And in a separate case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to Rentberry’s key argument — and its best hope of winning on appeal.
Last week the Washington State Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling on the city’s “First in time” ordinance that requires landlords to accept the first qualified tenant who applies for a vacant rental unit.
In June, Rentberry filed for a preliminary injunction to block the City of Seattle’s prohibition on rent-bidding platforms. But last month, the company and the city agreed to set that motion aside and proceed directly to cross-motions for summary judgment. Rentberry’s new motion was filed last Friday.
Last month, Rentberry sued the City of Seattle over the Council’s moratorium on rent-bidding platforms. Today, it filed a motion for a preliminary injunction blocking the city from implementing the moratorium.
Earlier this year, the Council passed a one-year moratorium on sites such as Rentberry and Biddwell that allow landlords to conduct auctions for their rental properties. Today, the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging that moratorium.
A couple of weeks ago I reported that the Council was considering placing a moratorium on rental auction platforms such as Rentberry and Biddwell. This morning, a bill to do just that was voted out of committee.