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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 properties. 

Click for the Rental Registration Program flyer. 

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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 properties 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 two steps:

  1. Complete and Submit the Declaration of Compliance Checklist

    Download the Declaration of Compliance Checklist. Using the checklist, determine if your properties are compliant with basic health and safety standards by completing a self-inspection of your rental unit(s). Certificates of inspection completed within the last 3 months submitted by approved third-party inspectors are also accepted.

    Provide the required information and sign the Declaration of Compliance. Submit the completed Declaration of Compliance Checklist via email to RentalRegistration@rentonwa.gov or mail a hard copy to

    Attn: Rental Registration Program Floor 6 - CED 1055 S Grady Way Renton, WA 98057

    For code citations of the Landlord-Tenant Act and basic health and safety standards, along with additional information, please refer to the Checklist Guide.

  2. Apply for a City of Renton Business License

    Submit an online application through FileLocal for a City of Renton Business License.

    Rental registration business licenses can be obtained at no fee if the landlord/business entity does not engage in any other business activity that would be subject to a license fee.

    To apply for a City of Renton business license, businesses must first obtain a Uniform Business Identification number (UBI) from the Washington State Department of Revenue or by calling 1-800-647-7706.    

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 register, failure adhere to applicable codes, and/or false reporting on the Rental Registration Program Declaration of Compliance Checklist 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 of the Renton Municipal Code.

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-Tenant 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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