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Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance

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

Registering Your Property

Owners of rental property located in Seattle may register their properties with the City starting in 2014. The best way to register will be to use the City's new online registration system. We will post more information on how to register online when the registration system is available. You will also be able to register in person or by mail at that time.

Registration Deadlines

Rental properties must be registered by the following deadlines:

  • All properties with 10 or more units must be registered by September 30, 2014.
  • All properties with 5 – 9 units must be registered by March 31, 2015.
  • During 2015 and 2016, single-family, duplex, triplex, and fourplex properties with rental units will be registered. We will base specific deadlines for these properties on the ZIP code where the property is located. See the complete schedule to find out when you need to register your property.

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.

What You Will Need

To register a property, you will need some basic information about the property. You will need to declare that the property and available rental units meet the standards described in the RRIO Checklist. More information about what you need to register will be available at a later date.

Registration Fees

You will need to pay a RRIO registration fee that is good for 5 years from the date you register your property. The five-year fee is $175 for a property and its first rental unit, plus $2 for each additional unit. For example:

  • A 1-unit rental property, like a single-family home, is $175
  • A 2-unit rental property is $177
  • A 10-unit property is $193

Inspections

We will start inspecting registered properties in early 2015. We will inspect only a portion of all registered properties each year, and inspect all properties at least once every 10 years. We will notify property owners when their rental property needs to be inspected. You will be able to hire either City inspectors or qualified private inspectors to conduct inspections for a fee. 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.

Learn More

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

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