Improving and preserving safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.
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.
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. 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.
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:
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.
For more information about RRIO, see our About RRIO page.