2017 Changes in Seattle Municipal Code affect Deposit and Move-in fees for Seattle Renters

If you are a renter in the City of Seattle there are big changes to be aware of: The City of Seattle enacted two new subsections to the Seattle Municipal Code for 2017 involving security deposits and other move-in fees. Here are the most significant changes: The total amount of a security deposit and nonrefundable move-in fees may not exceed the amount of the first full month’s rent Other than non-refundable move-in fees, security deposits, and last month’s rent, landlords are ... [Continue Reading]

New Seattle Ordinance Requires Landlords to Register Rental Property

  Seattle’s new Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance requires landlords to register all rental housing units, from single-family houses to large apartment buildings, and submit to an inspection.  The ordinance is being phased in this year.  There are many changes, but here are some of the highlights: Registrations must be renewed every 5 years The city is still working on setting up an online registration program, but it will be coming soon When you register, you will ... [Continue Reading]