Renter's Handbook

Landlords are required by law to provide tenants with the Renter's Handbook when:

  1. A tenant signs their initial rental agreement (printed copy required)
  2. At the renewal of a rental agreement
  3. Annually for month-to-month tenants
  4. The City makes updates

The Renter's Handbook replaces Information for Tenants as the rental regulation summary with voter registration, required by the Rental Agreement Regulation Ordinance. The handbook discusses the rental cycle from finding a home to moving out, explaining the regulations as they apply during the process. There is a helpful index in the back of the handbook. Also included are tips and best practices to help enhance the rental relationship.

The City recognizes that there will be a transition between the old summary and the Renter's Handbook so additional time will apply to facilitate the update. As of September 1, 2021, the only summary considered to comply with the ordinance requirement will be the Renter's Handbook. You must give tenants a paper copy when they sign the initial rental agreement. You can send future copies by email. Translated versions are available.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019
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