Free Apartment Contest

Meet Brian and Grace!

It never fails – the sense of gratitude that shines through when interviewing each of our Free Apartment Contest finalists. Our committee had a tough job this year. They reviewed 70 amazing stories and selected four people to interview. Due to COVID-19, our team had to get creative with the interview process. Zoom allowed us all to “get together” and learn more about these amazing individuals. It is with great admiration that we announce the 2020 winners!

Read their stories in our blog.

Property Owners

Are you interested in donating an apartment for the 2021 contest? Fill out this form and our team will be in touch!

At this time we are only considering properties located in Seattle*

The History

Rents have increased quickly in Seattle and it has created a strain on many budgets. We can’t ease everyone’s housing budget, but hopefully someone’s situation could be drastically improved.

In 2020, we are proud to award not 1, but 2 free apartments. Don’t miss out on this life changing opportunity!

See the Seattle Times article here.

In the news

Quotes from our contestants

“I am so grateful to Walls Property Management and their entire team for making this incredible opportunity a reality for me! I am excited for the upcoming year and the freedom to pursue my dreams without being preoccupied with my finances. The opportunity that Walls Property Management provides the Seattle community is one of a kind and their team is very knowledgeable and supportive throughout the process. I highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity in the upcoming years by applying to their free apartment contest as well as supporting their business in any other ways that you can to continue to allow them to make this opportunity available to others because it truly is life changing. Thank you again to Walls Property Management for the opportunity and I am so excited about my new apartment!”

2020 Winner – Grace 

“Thank you so much for considering me. This contest has definitely inspired me to give more and makes me feel good knowing I’m renting from such a generous company. I wish both winners all the best. “

2020 Finalist – Dee Dee

“Thank you so much! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you!! I can’t even believe this is happening!”

2020 Winner – Brian 

“I have purchased a tiny home motor coach conversion and have secured a spot on some private land where the bus is in storage until move in.  I want to make sure Preston knows this would have never happened without him. This year has instilled within me the necessity for financial stability and wellness. While I never had an aunt to talk stocks and bonds with me, I have Preston who has me convinced that I matter and that I can be ok too. Thanks again for your support Preston, doesn’t look like I’ll ever be houseless again.”

2019 Winner – Erik 


  • Must be a legal U.S. Resident at least 18 years of age.
  • Past applicants may re-apply
  • Past winners may not re-apply
  • WPM employees and their immediate family members are exempt from applying 
  • The contest winner will be required to complete an application for record-keeping purposes. This includes, but is not limited to: rental history, income, employment, and credit check. Your financial/credit evaluation will not disqualify you from winning.
  • Winner must sign a year-long lease. 
  • Winner must commit to check-ins about their progress/goals – dates and times to be mutually agreed upon
  • Winner must agree to pay for utilities, pet rent, parking or any additional costs incurred while living in the apartment

About the Apartments:

The winner will receive free rent for one year in a Studio or 1 Bedroom Apartment located in Ballard, Magnolia, Fremont, Wallingford, Greenwood, or Queen Anne. The apartment size and location will be based on current availability. The winner will not be able to select their location.

Amenities: hardwood floors, onsite laundry, 24/7 maintenance support
Security Deposit: No deposit is required for the essay winners.

Utilities, including but not limited to, electricity, water, sewer, garbage, cable, internet, phone, and extra storage space will be the resident’s responsibility

Parking: a reserved parking space will be the resident’s responsibility. Reserved parking is based on availability.

Pet Policy: based on the availability of a pet-friendly unit. May accommodate cats and small dogs. Pet fees are the resident’s responsibility.

Question & Answer FAQ’s

Q: Once I finalize my submission what happens?
A: The essays and video submissions will be reviewed by a committee. The committee will choose finalists, interview, and choose final winners.
Q: Who is on the committee?
A: The committee is comprised of Walls Property Management employees and some community members.
Q: Do I need to live in Seattle to be eligible for this contest?
A: No, you can live anywhere to submit an essay, just be ready to move to Seattle if you win!
Q: When are the submission deadlines?

A: The Submission window is from January 15, 2020, to March 4th 2020.

Q: If I win, when do I move in?
A: June 1, 2019