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