City Recognized for Rental Registration & Inspection Program

-2016 Award of Distinction for Marketing Effectiveness

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts recently announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. Out of the 6,000 entries received, the City of Seattle was recognized for outstanding achievement in publicizing Seattle’s new Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO).

Rental housing registration and inspections are now required in Seattle to ensure basic safety standards are met for tenants. There are approximately 148,000 rental units in Seattle; many of which are occupied by limited-English speakers. City staff created an extensive and strategic outreach plan to educate landlords, property managers and tenants.

As a part of this effort, the City’s RRIO staff produced an informative video to help renters understand the inspection process. Our award-winning video explains how to prepare for, and what to expect during, a RRIO inspection. The RRIO Inspection Video is available in English and in the following languages: AmharicChinese / 中文,KhmerKorean / 한국어OromoSomali / af SoomaaliSpanish / EspañolTagalogTirgrinya, and Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt.

For more information about the RRIO program, visit

To find out if a rental property is registered, visit