Illegal units are living spaces, usually apartments including separate kitchens and bathrooms, that were installed without a permit and may not meet the City’s zoning requirements and safety standards.
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If you are a tenant in a unit that has been identified as an illegal unit, you do not have to move until you receive a notice to do so. In many cases the owner will be able to legalize the unit.
Tenants who are required to move out of an illegal unit must be given proper notice. They may also be entitled to relocation assistance paid by the property owner. Please see the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) section about just cause eviction, SMC 22.206.160(C).
Director's Rule 7-83, Determining the Existence of a Dwelling Unit for the Purpose of Code Enforcement
If you receive notice of a code violation and don’t fix the problem in a timely manner, we may fine you $150 to $500 a day. Additional fines are charged for violations in single-family zones. We will also charge you for inspections.