Rental Registration Program

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Rental Registration Program
Renton, WA 98057

Rental Registration

In order to ensure maintenance of quality rental housing within the City, landlords are now required to annually register each of their residential rental units. 

Rollout

This program went into effect January 1, 2020.

Penalties for failure to register will be enforced beginning January 31, 2021. Registration is strongly encouraged in 2020. Registering this year will familiarize you with the registration process and help us contact you for registration in 2021. See Registration below for more information.

Penalties for code violations are currently enforced, following existing city procedures. See Violations below for more information. 

To help landlords understand the Rental Registration Program and their rights and responsibilities under the Landlord-Tenant Act, the City will be hosting a series of information sessions. Stay tuned for more information.

Registration

Landlords are required to register all residential rental housing units within the City of Renton, from single-family homes to large apartment buildings.*

*Exceptions for registration include room rentals in owner-occupied housing, commercial lodging, short-term rentals, state-licensed facilities, and housing owned by government groups or by housing authorities. See RMC 5.4.125 for more detail.

Registration takes three steps

  1. Download the Checklist and Declaration of Compliance  and complete a self-inspection of your rental unit(s) to determine that your property is compliant and does not present conditions that endanger or impair health or safety. Certificates of inspection submitted by approved third-party inspectors are also accepted. For code citations and additional information, please refer to the Checklist Guide.

  2. Provide the required contact information and sign the declaration of compliance. The Checklist and Declaration of Compliance must be submitted via email to rentalregistration@rentonwa.gov.

  3. Submit a landlord license application online through FileLocal. Landlord licenses can be obtained at no fee if the landlord does not engage in any other business activity that would be subject to a license fee.

Registration must be completed annually and is strongly encouraged in 2020. Registering this year will familiarize you with the registration process and help us contact you for registration in 2021. Penalties for failure to register will be enforced beginning January 31, 2021.

Violations

This program enforces the WA State Landlord-Tenant Act and existing building and property standards of Renton. This program imposes no additional standards on landlords, other than those already in place in city and state code.

Failure to adhere to applicable codes and/or false reporting on the Rental Registration Program Checklist and Declaration of Compliance will result in issuances of violations and penalties.

Penalties for code violations are currently enforced, regardless of registration. Penalties for failure to register will be enforced beginning January 31, 2021.

Violations and penalties follow existing City procedures outlined in chapters 1-3 RMC.

Inspections

Renton’s program does not mandate inspections, except in cases of violations or if the landlord appears to have failed to fulfill an obligation required under the Landlord-Act. In such cases, the landlord must provide a certificate of inspection completed by an approved third-party inspector within the remedy period decided by City staff.

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