Utility Allowances

Seattle Office of Housing programs use the Seattle Housing Authority's (SHA) utility allowances when determining maximum rent levels (see Income & Rent Limits). These utility allowances are available on SHA's website. Select the "Utility Estimate Schedule" PDF form to find utility allowances according to the utility types expected to be paid by the tenant household and by the number of bedrooms in the unit.

Housing projects with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) administered by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) may be able to use an alternative method for estimating utility allowances. Details on these alternative utility allowance methods can be found in Appendix O of the Tax Credit Compliance Procedures Manual. Please contact your project's assigned Seattle Office of Housing asset manager prior to implementing an alternative utility allowance model.