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Application Readiness

Have your personal information ready for an application such as:

  • Current and previous addresses
  • Names and birth dates of all occupants
  • Employment and income information and verification
  • Vehicle information
  • References, both personal and housing related
  • Pet information

Landlords must make clear in advance the criteria they use to screen your application and what reasons might result in denying you the rental unit. You are entitled to a copy of the screening report.

Landlords can only charge you the actual cost of screening your application. The customary cost in Seattle ranges from $25-$45 per adult. See more in Move-in Costs.

Tip: Sometimes landlords accept a reusable screening report generated by an established consumer reporting agency.

(See the state laws on screening.)

Renting in Seattle

Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA, 98124
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Phone: (206) 684-5700
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The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) includes permitting, construction inspections, code compliance and tenant protections, and rental housing registration and inspections.