Washington Landlord Association

A Word from WLA Receiver, Mel Codd

27 Jul 2017 12:05 PM | KATRINA CHRISTOFFERSEN (Administrator)

Dear WLA Members,

We have important and exciting news for all Washington Landlord Association (WLA) members. On August 1, 2017, WLA will merge with Washington Rental Owners Association. This merger will create the largest, with approximately 9,000 members and, the most experienced landlord association in Washington State.  

As most of you are aware, Tim Seth, the former founder of WLA, passed away October 3, 2016.  Mr. Seth started WLA in 1996 and through hard work, dedication and careful management, built his company into the largest non-profit landlord association in Washington State. Mr. Seth’s work will not be forgotten and his tireless efforts to improve the rental industry and promote laws benefiting landlords statewide are greatly appreciated.    Unfortunately, at the time of his death, he left no succession plan naming a replacement to fill his role and continue the management and lobbying services of WLA.  


After his death, several members of WLA’s board of directors met in late October 2016 and discussed possible options for the association. Several board members decided that court intervention along with the appointment of a Receiver was necessary in order to provide the best possible solution to temporarily manage WLA’s operations until a qualified successor could be named. On January 6, 2017, the Thurston County Superior Court reviewed the facts of this case and appointed Mel R. Codd as General Receiver for WLA.

During the first 6 months of 2017, the Receiver completed a thorough investigation and interviewed all of the available board members and officers of WLA. In addition, the Receiver spoke with many of  WLA’s landlords and solicited their input on what members need most and, the type of services most helpful when operating rental real estate, especially under the current conditions imposed by state and local government laws.  The Receiver also asked for member input for the future goals of the association. After conducting these interviews, the Receiver identified two possible options for the future management of WLA. The first option would involve keeping WLA intact, as a stand-alone independent association. This option however, was predicated on the identification, nomination and vote for a replacement candidate to fill the role of president and CEO, which was no easy task. The second option entailed merging WLA with another professionally managed non-profit landlord association. Two potential suitor associations were identified, both of which offer member services and benefits very similar to those of WLA. The Receiver interviewed both associations and learned that WROA would provide the best possible services for WLA’s members going forward.  WROA was founded in 1953 and is a highly respected association, with 3 offices located in Everett, Olympia and Bremerton. Based on the facts in this case and the information provided, the Receiver determined that a merger with WROA offered the best future solution for WLA and its members. 


In June, the Receiver filed a motion with the Thurston County Superior Court requesting approval of the proposed merger with WROA. After careful consideration, the Court approved the merger on July 14, 2017. The merger will become effective August 1, 2017.   

During the next month, we have considerable work to do. We’re presently working to complete the merger, organizing office staff and designing a new, more powerful website for the combined associations. We plan to offer even greater member services and benefits to landlords statewide. Please look for additional information during the next 60 days. Your current member password will  allow you continued access to WLA’s website, forms and resources, however, please see additional articles in this newsletter regarding updating your member information and account access code. 

Your membership dues will not change as a result of this merger.    

We are extremely fortunate to have found WROA and with their guidance we will continue our mission of serving every landlord statewide. The combined association will operate under the name Washington Landlord Association or WLA and we are truly looking forward to building a stronger combined association with greater benefits for landlords statewide.


Best regards, 

Mel R. Codd

General Receiver

Washington Landlord Association

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