Improving and preserving safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.
The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) was established by the Seattle City Council after an extensive public involvement process. RRIO helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements. Starting in 2014, all rental property owners in Seattle must register their properties with the City. Inspectors will make sure all registered properties comply with minimum housing and safety standards at least once every 10 years.
RRIO supports the Mayor's Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda by helping ensure that all rental housing is safe and meets basic maintenance standards.
The 2009 American Housing Survey (part of the U.S. Census) showed that an estimated 10 percent of Seattle-area rental housing has "moderate to severe" physical problems. Seattle has approximately 148,000 rental housing units. Some of these rentals do not meet minimum housing standards. Historically, Seattle relied only on a complaint-based system to address rental problems. RRIO creates a system to address issues, even when renters do not complain. RRIO will also increase awareness of housing standards among existing and future property owners, managers, and renters.
RRIO will help improve and maintain the quality of Seattle's rental housing over time. The program will benefit Seattle residents by:
Whether you're a property owner or manager, renter, or RRIO inspector, this site will provide you with the resources that you need to understand the RRIO program and any actions that you may need to take.
If you'd like to see more details about the RRIO code, read our Rental Registration & Inspection Code page.