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Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance

Improving and preserving safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.

What Is RRIO?

The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) was established by the Seattle City Council after an extensive public involvement process. RRIO helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements. Starting in 2014, all rental property owners in Seattle must register their properties with the City. Inspectors will make sure all registered properties comply with minimum housing and safety standards at least once every 10 years.

Why Does Seattle Need It?

The 2009 American Housing Survey (part of the U.S. Census) showed that an estimated 10 percent of Seattle-area rental housing has "moderate to severe" physical problems. Seattle has approximately 148,000 rental housing units. Some of these rentals do not meet minimum housing standards. Historically, Seattle relied only on a complaint-based system to address rental problems. RRIO creates a system to address issues, even when renters do not complain. RRIO will also increase awareness of housing standards among existing and future property owners, managers, and renters.

What Will RRIO Do for Seattle Residents?

RRIO will help improve and maintain the quality of Seattle's rental housing over time. The program will benefit Seattle residents by:

  • Preserving neighborhoods and quality of life
  • Educating property owners, inspectors, and renters about the RRIO standards and encouraging proper maintenance of rental housing
  • Ensuring all rental properties meet the same minimum standards through periodic inspections
  • Creating clear communication methods between rental property owners and the City in the event of emergencies

Whether you're a property owner or manager, renter, or home inspector, this site will provide you with the resources that you need to understand the RRIO program and any actions that you may need to take.

Learn More About RRIO

If you'd like to see more details about the RRIO code, read our Rental Registration & Inspection Code page.

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