Improving and preserving safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.
We help to ensure that all rental property in Seattle meets important housing safety and maintenance requirements. We require that all rental housing properties in Seattle register with us, with a few exceptions, and have an inspection at least once every 10 years. Renters and property owners need to work together when a property is due for an inspection. Also, be sure to check out our Rental Inspection Brochure.
All residential rental properties in the city of Seattle should be registered by the end of 2016. If you are curious to know whether a property is registered, visit SDCI's home page and enter the address in the Find Status and Activity window. On the Property & Building Activity page, click on "see details about this address." Then click the Rental Registration Activity tab near the bottom of the page for details.
What is a RRIO inspection?
A RRIO inspection is a careful look for specific maintenance items. An inspection is not a look at your possessions, how you live, or what you do in your living space. The RRIO inspection is limited to a checklist that includes things like:
Who will do an inspection?
Your property owner or manager must notify you at least two days before your building or unit is inspected. You should work with your property owner or manager to arrange access for the inspector. City and state law says that you cannot unreasonably deny access for the inspection.
There are things that you can do to help make sure that your home is well-maintained and safe to live in:
If you want to learn more about the minimum housing standards that RRIO is using to evaluate rental units, read the RRIO Checklist.
For more information about RRIO, see our About RRIO page.