The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) is now in effect in within the Seattle City limits. The ordinance requires landlords to register all rental housing units, including single family homes. The stated purpose is to ensure that all rental housing is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements.
Landlords must register their property according to the following schedule:
- All properties with 10 or more rental housing units – By September 30, 2014
- All properties with 5 to 9 rental housing units – By March 31, 2015
- All properties with 1 to 4 rental housing units – Due date determined by zip code
The ordinance requires all registered rental properties to be inspected at least once every 10 years, starting in 2015.
The city website has more information about RROI, including fees and inspectors: http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/codesrules/licensingregistration/RRIO/aboutrrio/