Housing Cost Increases

See also: Deposit ReturnsMove-in Charges

What Is It?

Icon showing increased housing costs.Housing costs include rent and any other periodic or monthly fees such as storage, parking, or utilities, paid to the landlord by a tenant. What counts as rent is defined by RCW 59.18.030(28).  

What It Isn't

Housing cost increase rules are not rent control. Rent control is prohibited in the State of Washington.

Rules to Follow

  • Property owners must give tenants a written notice 60 days prior to raising periodic or monthly housing cost
  • The property owner cannot increase periodic or monthly housing costs when SDCI has determined the housing unit does not comply with the Rental Registration and Inspections Ordinance and Checklist

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