RRIO Program Update

Seattle’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) program is now open for business! You can now register a rental property, find registration due dates, see the RRIO checklist, and get your questions answered by phone or email. Check out the RRIO website at www.seattle.gov/RRIO for complete information about the program.

RRIO helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements. Starting in 2014, rental property owners in Seattle must register their properties with the City. Inspectors will make sure all registered properties meet the requirements of the RRIO Checklist at least once every 10 years.

Online Rental Property Registration
The online RRIO Registration System is available through our website. You can find general information about registration, instruction on how to set up a user account and use the registration system, a link to the online registration system, and other options for registering on the Owners and Managers tab.

Registration Due Dates
Registration due dates start in September and go as follows:

  • All properties with 10 or more units must be registered by September 30, 2014.
  • All properties with 5 – 9 units must be registered by March 31, 2015.
  • During 2015 and 2016, single-family, duplex, triplex, and fourplex properties with rental units will be registered. The specific deadlines for these properties are based on the ZIP code where the property is located.

Download the complete schedule to see registration due dates.

Some government-owned, government-operated, institutional, and other types of rental housing may not need to be registered. See the registration exceptions.

RRIO Checklist
The RRIO Checklist is available on our website and is a key part of both registration and inspection. The Checklist outlines the minimum housing standards that a rental unit must meet in order to pass a RRIO inspection. Each property owner/manager will have to declare that their rental units meet these standards when they register with RRIO. Inspection of rental units will begin in 2015.

RRIO Questions
The RRIO phone line is available to answer questions at (206) 684-4110. You can also submit a question about RRIO via our website. Check out the RRIO FAQs for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Online Private Inspector Registration
Rental property owners will have the option of using a city inspector or private inspector to meet the periodic inspection requirement. Interested private inspectors can check the Inspectors tab on our website. There you can find out more about the requirements to become a private inspector, register as an inspector, and sign up for required City training. The first training class is scheduled for May 27, 2014.