First In Time

The First-in-Time ordinance requires landlords to offer a rental agreement to the first qualified applicant who provides a complete application.

Seattle's First-in-Time protections require that you:

  • Provide advance notice of minimum screening criteria.
  • List all necessary documentation.
  • Inform about the right to request additional time where needed, such as for translation or a reasonable accommodation for a disability. This is known as meaningful access.
  • Date and time stamp applications in the order received.
  • Screen applications in chronological order one at a time.
  • Give a minimum of 72 hours to provide additional information for an otherwise complete application.
  • Provide 48 hours for a response to an offer of a rental agreement. After 48 hours, you can proceed screening the next applicant in line.

Renting in Seattle

Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA, 98124
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
Phone: (206) 684-5700
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The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) includes permitting, construction inspections, code compliance and tenant protections, and rental housing registration and inspections.