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Rental Registration & Inspection Ordinance

Improving and preserving safe and healthy housing for all Seattle renters.

What are RRIO Inspections?

We will require rental housing inspections beginning in 2015. Property owners may choose to use a private qualified rental housing inspector to meet the RRIO inspection requirement. You can become a private inspector for RRIO if you register, complete a training class, and have at least one of these certifications:

  • American Association of Code Enforcement Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector certification
  • International Code Council Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector certification
  • International Code Council Residential Building (Code) Inspector certification
  • Washington State home inspector certification under RCW 18.280

You must complete inspections using the RRIO Checklist. Once a rental property has passed inspection, you will need to give the property owner or agent a signed Certificate of Compliance. The owner or agent is responsible for sending the signed certificate to the RRIO program.

How to Register as a Private Inspector

The only way to register as a Private Inspector is to use our new online registration program. Please read the instructions listed below before you register.

See the training schedule, located in the Meetings & Events box on the right-hand side of this website, to find available RRIO Private Inspector training classes. After you've registered and completed a RRIO training class, you will be a qualified rental housing inspector. You can choose to have your name and contact information available on our website in our inspector directory. Property owners will have access to this directory and may contact you when they need a RRIO inspection.

What are the Inspector Registration Fees?

The fee for a two-year registration as a private qualified rental housing inspector is $200. You must pay the fee to complete your registration. Private inspectors must also participate in the City’s RRIO inspector training. The training fee is $50 and can be paid in advance of the training. Private inspector registration and payments must be made through the online system.

Learn More about RRIO

For more information about RRIO, see our About RRIO page.

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