Rep. Travis Couture writes open letter strongly opposing rent control bill passed by House Democrats

Following this week’s passage of a rent control bill by House Democrats, Rep. Travis Couture, R-Allyn, has written an open letter expressing his strong opposition to the policy, and his concern about the impact it will have on Washington’s already struggling housing market.

Couture explained his vehement opposition to the policy, adding it will only hurt Washingtonians by pushing investors, developers, and landlords out of Washington, while driving up housing costs.

House Bill 2114 passed the House on a 54-43 vote with a handful of Democrats joining all House Republicans in voting “no.”

If the rent control bill is passed by the Legislature this session and funded in the budget, it would take effect as soon as the governor signs it.

Supporters claim this creates stability for tenants. Couture and other critics argue it will increase rents as it has in other markets and further exacerbate our affordable housing crisis.

Couture says it is yet another bill from majority Democrats that does the exact opposite of what Washington needs.

“We must reject the misguided notion that government intervention is the solution to our housing challenges,” Couture stated in the letter. “Instead, we must embrace policies that promote competition, innovation, and investment in housing. We must unleash the creative forces of the free market to provide abundant, affordable housing options for all.”

Couture closed his letter calling on others to join him in opposition to House Bill 2114 and any similar rent control proposals.

“I urge you to join me in opposing rent control policies like HB 2114, and advocating for policies that empower individuals, spur economic growth, and ensure housing opportunities for generations to come,” wrote Couture. “Let us not be swayed by populist rhetoric or short-sighted fixes. Let us instead embrace the principles of freedom, opportunity, and prosperity.”

House Bill 2114 has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 1:30 p.m. You can watch the hearing here.

Those who want to weigh in on the bill can testify in-person at the committee hearing or provide remote or written testimony.

Sign up to provide remote testimony here.

Sign up to provide written testimony here.


Washington State House Republican Communications