Income & Rent Limits

Housing supported by the Office of Housing is income- and rent- (or sales price) restricted to ensure that it is occupied by and affordable to eligible households. For each restricted unit, the maximum allowable income (by household size) and housing cost (by unit size) aligns with the affordability level set by covenant or other regulatory agreement. These maximums are expressed as percentages of the area median income. 

The following tables display current maximum allowable income and housing cost amounts for a range of affordability categories. Limits vary by program, so it is important to choose the link(s) specific to the contracts or other regulatory agreement(s) for each program that supports your property.

The amounts shown on the following tables apply to all new move-ins, including initial lease-up or sales and unit turns or resales. Please read the accompanying narrative and refer to the housing covenants on the title of your property to identify alternative income or housing cost limits, if any, that govern year-over-year rent increases for existing residents.

For general questions, please contact housing@seattle.gov.

Available Schedules:

The following income and rent limits were effective as of April 1, 2021 for multifamily housing supported by and regulated under the Office of Housing's Rental Housing Program subject to the following exceptions:

  • Governor Inslee's Proclamation on Eviction and Related Housing Practices prohibits rent increases through September 30, 2021.
  • Many City regulatory agreements limit rent increases for existing tenants to the Housing Component of the Consumer Price Index for Rent of Primary Residences for the Seattle area as published by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (CPI-RPR). The maximum allowable rent increase for these properties in 2021 will be 4.9% above the previously charged rent, representing an aggregate of the 2020 and 2021 CPI-RPR increase.  For these properties the published income and rent limits displayed below may be applied at initial leasing or upon unit turn only.  Please check individual property Regulatory Agreements to see if this limit applies.

For more information please contact your Office of Housing Asset Manager or Dan.Foley@seattle.gov.

The Office of Housing provides acquisition and development subsidy to stewards of permanently affordable for-sale homes and downpayment assistance to individual buyers.  The income eligibility threshold for both programs is 80% of the area median.

Income eligibility for the Office of Housing's homebuyer programs is based on the number of people in the prospective homebuyer's household and that household's total gross annual income.  The following income eligibility limits were effective as of April 1, 2021.

For more information please contact Erika.Malone@seattle.gov

The following income and rent limits were effective as of April 1, 2021 for multifamily housing supported by and regulated under the City of Seattle Multifamily Property Tax Exemption Program (SMC 5.73) subject to the following exception:

  • Governor Inslee's Proclamation on Eviction and Related Housing Practices prohibits rent increases through September 30, 2021.

For more information related to projects in development phase, please contact joy.hunt2@seattle.gov  

For more information related to in-service properties,  please contact Andrea.Smith@seattle.gov or zemzem.ainan@seattle.gov.

The following income and rent limits were effective as of April 1, 2021 for multifamily housing that satisfies affordable housing requirements under the incentive zoning performance option (SMC 23.58A or SMC 23.49) subject to the following exception:

  • Governor Inslee's Proclamation on Eviction and Related Housing Practices prohibits rent increases through September 30, 2021.

For more information please contact Prithy.Korathu@seattle.gov.

For more information related to in-service properties,  please contact Andrea.Smith@seattle.gov or zemzem.ainan@seattle.gov

The following income and rent limits were effective as of April 1, 2021 for multifamily housing that satisfies affordable housing requirements under the MHA performance option (SMC Chapter 23.58B and/or SMC Chapter 23.58C) subject to the following exception:

  • Governor Inslee's Proclamation on Eviction and Related Housing Practices prohibits rent increases through September 30, 2021.

For more information related to projects in development phase, please contact Prithy.Korathu@seattle.gov.

For more information related to in-service properties,  please contact Andrea.Smith@seattle.gov or Zemzem.Ainan@seattle.gov.

Income eligibility for the Office of Housing's Home Repair loan and grant programs is based on the number of people living in the home and that household's total gross annual income.  The following income-eligibility limits were effective as of April 1, 2021. 

For more information please contact Theresa.Cortez@seattle.gov.




The Office of Housing's weatherization program uses different income eligibility thresholds for renter-occupied and owner-occupied housing:   60% and 80% of area median income, respectively.  Specific dollar limits for each affordability category vary by the number of people in the household.  The following income eligibility limits were effective as of April 1, 2021. 

In some cases the weatherization program's geographic span can extend beyond Seattle city limits.

  • Income-eligible households with homes located within Seattle city limits can receive assistance regardless of the way they heat their home (e.g., electricity, gas, or oil).
  • Income-eligible households who live outside of Seattle city limits but are both Seattle City Light customers and heat their homes with electricity can also receive assistance. 

For more information please contact Theresa.Cortez@seattle.gov.

The following income and housing cost limits were effective as of April 1, 2021 for multifamily properties with regulatory agreements other than those for the OH Rental Housing Program and Homebuyer Program, Incentive Zoning (IZ), Multifamily Tax Exemption Program, or Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) . Other regulatory agreement types include those for certain land use actions (other than IZ or MHA) and public property sales conditioned on affordable housing.

These limits are in effect subject to the following exception:

  • Governor Inslee's Proclamation on Eviction and Related Housing Practices prohibits rent increases through September 30, 2021.

For more information please contact Dan.Foley@seattle.gov.