Improving and preserving safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.
The best way to register your property is to use our new online registration program. Please read the instructions listed below before you register. We will post more information on how to register online when the registration system is available. You will have the option to register in person or by mail. When you register your property, you will also be asked to declare that the property and available rental units meet the standards described in the RRIO Checklist. This is known as the RRIO Declaration of Compliance.
Rental properties must be registered by the following deadlines:
Some government-owned, government-operated, and institutional rental housing may not need to be registered. Find out if your property may meet the registration exceptions.
To register a property, you will need some basic information about the property:
The fee is $175 for a property and its first rental unit, plus $2 for each additional unit. For example:
Payments can be made by credit card, check, or cash. Our online registration system only accepts payment by credit card. If you wish to pay your registration fee using a check after registering online (but before payment), follow these instructions.
Your RRIO registration fee is good for 5 years from the date you register your property.
We will start inspecting registered properties in early 2015 by notifying property owners when their rental property needs to be inspected. You can hire either City inspectors or qualified private inspectors. If you hire a City inspector, the inspection fee will be $130 for the property including the first unit, and $25 for each additional unit being inspected on the same property. We will only inspect a portion of registered properties each year, and inspect all properties at least once every 10 years.
Note: You may not need a RRIO inspection if you've already had an inspection by one of the pre-qualified agencies listed below. You will need to provide us with a letter or email indicated you have passed the property inspection conducted by one of these alternate agencies.
If you do not follow the RRIO requirements, we may issue a violation and penalties, and we may take legal action. Our goal is to work with you to make sure you meet our requirements. If you face RRIO penalties or a violation, call us immediately to resolve the situation before the penalties grow and become a costly lawsuit.
You may get a violation for:
Penalties are $150 per day for the first 10 days and $500 per day after that.
Once you receive a Notice of Violation letter, you must comply or contact us immediately about one of the other choices, such as an extension or appeal. You may request a review of the violation of penalties by following the steps in this instruction sheet.
If you do not comply or request review, we will send the case to the City Attorney’s office to file a law suit to compel you to meet the RRIO requirement and pay the penalties. We will notify you when we refer the violation to the City Attorney.
For more information, download our RRIO Violations and Penalties flyer.
For more information about RRIO, see our About RRIO page.