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Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance

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

RRIO Inspectors

We will require rental housing inspections beginning in 2015. Property owners may choose to use a private qualified rental housing inspector to meet the RRIO inspection requirement. You can become a private inspector for RRIO if you register, complete a training class, and have at least one of these certifications:

  • American Association of Code Enforcement Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector certification
  • International Code Council Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector certification
  • International Code Council Residential Building (Code) Inspector certification
  • Washington State home inspector certification under RCW 18.280

We will publish a schedule of training classes after our registration system becomes available in 2014. After you've registered and completed a RRIO training class, you will be a qualified rental housing inspector. You can choose to have your name and contact information available on our website in our inspector directory. Property owners will have access to this directory and may contact you when they need a RRIO inspection.

You must complete inspections using the RRIO Checklist. Once a rental property has passed inspection, you will need to give the property owner or agent a signed Certificate of Compliance. The owner or agent is responsible for sending the signed certificate to the RRIO program.

Registration Fees

The fee for a two-year registration as a private qualified rental housing inspector is $200. The fee must be paid to complete registration. Private inspectors must also participate in the City’s RRIO inspector training. The training fee is $50 and is payable in advance of the training. Private inspector registration and payments must be made through the online system.

Learn More

For more information about RRIO, see our About RRIO page.

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