Rental Registration & Inspection Code
What Is It?
The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements. The program will educate property owners, managers, and renters about City housing codes and their responsibilities; and require owners to verify their properties meet these standards when registering with the City.
- The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance requires landlords to register all rental housing units in Seattle, from single-family houses to large apartment buildings.
- Exceptions to the registration requirement include commercial lodging, state-licensed facilities such as adult family homes, and housing owned by government groups or by housing authorities such as Seattle Housing Authority. See the ordinance for more detail.
- Landlords must register their properties according to the following schedule:
- All properties with 10 or more rental housing units by July 1, 2014.
- All properties with 5 to 9 rental housing units by January 1, 2015.
- All properties with 1 to 4 rental housing units will be registered between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016, depending on the ZIP code where the rental property is located. A complete schedule will be available in early 2014.
- Registrations must be renewed every 5 years.
- The ordinance requires that all registered rental properties be inspected at least once every 10 years.
- The owner must hire a qualified rental housing inspector or City inspector to do the inspections.
- Rental properties with prior enforcement action will be inspected early in the program. See the ordinance for more detail.
This ordinance does not cover complaint-based enforcement of City housing standards. We will continue our complaint-based process for housing code violations. Our City housing and zoning inspectors will continue to enforce all housing code standards and other applicable codes.
Read the Code
Read the text of the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance.
See our Rental Registration and Inspection page to learn how we're implementing the ordinance.