Big News Regarding Evictions in Seattle
This is big news. Earlier this year, I talked about the Seattle's new rental registration program (RRIO) approved in September.
Here is the "elevator speech" regarding the institution of these new regulations.
"The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements. The program will educate property owners, managers, and renters about City housing codes and their responsibilities; and require owners to verify their properties meet these standards when registering with the City."
The short form is this. In order to file for an eviction you have to have a court order. You will not be able to receive a court order unless you are registered for the RRIO program.
Pay attention to this! This is huge news! This essentially means, if the slumlord of your low rent apartment wants to try and evict you, they can't. Unless, of course, they are taking the steps to not be a slum. If they aren't registered, they can't evict you in order to sell the home from under you.
As someone who advocates for renters in the city and works with landlords to provide safe housing, I think this new program is amazing. This new addition regarding evictions is very smart. Here is the legal speak if you want to read it yourself.
If you are a landlord and have questions about how this impacts you, give me a call.
Renters, if you want more info, or if you want to share your opinions, comment here or email me: Roy@rent-guru.com