The City of Seattle has several of its own requirements related to the condition of a residential rental unit and the required registration and inspection program known as the Rental Registration Inspection Ordinance (SMC 22.214) or RRIO program. Here is a link to the City of Seattle’s website and description of the program. The city describes the benefit of the program as:
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.
Private property owners are commonly unaware of the requirements to register their property in this program. By working with a professional property manager like ACRES Property Management we ensure you as an owner are in compliance with the program, that your property is inspected and registered, and can assist in scheduling any repairs that the inspector requires, prior to placing a tenant.
The City of Seattle also has several ordinances that have recently been passed relating to landlords’ and tenants’ rights and responsibilities related to both what information a landlord can consider in screening potential tenants and further requirements related to when and how a landlord can forcibly end a rental agreement (evict a tenant).
A few of these additional requirements are limitations on fees a landlord can charge at move-in, limitations on considering criminal background of tenants, what types of income a landlord must consider, and how a landlord must handle when multiple prospective tenants apply. Violating any one of these City of Seattle laws can come with costly penalties for a landlord and/or can completely invalidate a lease. Our Property Managers are trained and familiar with each of these existing laws and we will assist you to navigate the complex set of procedures, disclosures, registrations, and tracking you as a property owner must follow.