Free Apartment Contest

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!

In the news

See the Seattle Times article here.


  • 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.

The lease will span from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021

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