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Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance

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

How RRIO Helps Renters

RRIO helps to ensure that all rental property in Seattle meets important housing safety and maintenance requirements. Some examples of good rental housing maintenance include:

  • All smoke detectors are present and working
  • The unit has proper emergency exits
  • All locks in the building or unit are working
  • Trash does not pile up
  • The rental does not have insects or rodents
  • Broken, leaking, or deteriorated windows, walls, and roofs are repaired
  • The unit has hot and cold running water
  • All rooms in the unit have a working heat source
  • The unit has working lights and windows

Whether you're looking for a new rental property, or want to know if your building has been registered, you can confirm the registration status of a rental unit in our searchable rental registration database. Our database will be available after registration starts in 2014.

You can also find out when your rental unit — or a rental unit you are considering — needs to be registered by checking the registration schedule.

Inspections

When inspections begin in 2015, your property owner or manager must notify you at least 2 days before your building or unit is inspected. You should work with your property owner or manager to arrange access for the inspector.

What You Can Do

Although renters do not have specific obligations under RRIO, there are things that you can do to help make sure that your home is well-maintained and safe to live in:

  • Encourage your landlord / property owner to register
  • Learn about the basic RRIO safety and maintenance standards
  • Tell your property owner or manager when things need to be fixed
  • Contact our Code Compliance unit if your landlord refuses to make repairs or register for the program

If you want to learn more about the minimum housing standards that RRIO is using to evaluate rental units, read the RRIO Checklist.

Learn More

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

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