Bellingham group to host rental housing forum: ‘Is my rent too high?’

Is your Bellingham rent too high?

The Social Alliance for a Vibrant Economy or SAVE will host a forum, “Is my rent too high?” to explore that question from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Whatcom Educational Credit Union Education Center, 511 E. Holly St.

SAVE is a relatively new group that seeks to educate the public on financial literacy and sustainability.

Three panelists will speak to the current state of rental properties in Bellingham, including issues associated with low vacancy rates and landlord-tenant rights.

The speakers, who will talk for 20 minutes each, are landlord Hans Erchinger-Davis; attorney David Henken of LAW Advocates, a group that offers tenant clinics each week for low-income renters; and Doug Wight, owner of Windermere Property Management.

“Because the panel has a broad range of perspectives, the event will be helpful for renters or homeowners, and is a great way to ask questions in a way that is open and nonjudgmental,” said Todd Hausman, chair of SAVE’s education committee.

Attendees can ask the panelists questions after the presentation, which is free and open to the public. There will be free pizza and beverages.