Posted by: phillipsre | October 1, 2012

Inspections on Rental Units in Seattle

   This has been in the works for awhile, but it looks like Seattle City Council is expected to approve legislation that requires anyone who owns rental property to register with the city and certify that the unit meets city safety and health codes. Understandably, the city wants rental units be safe and healthy for residents, and this is already a requirement for Section 8 housing, but the major concern for most landlords is the fact that the city will be requiring these inspections at the expense of the owner. Additionally, if the owner does not comply or refuses to make repairs suggested by the inspector, the landlord will be unable to re-rent and could possibly be fined $150 per day.

Some concerns with this legislation is the issue that some landlords may not register their property at all or that these expenses will go to the tenants. From a property management perspective, most management companies already conduct inspections for each property on a regular basis and by hiring a property management company to mange, rent and inspect the property, the unit and tenants will be taken care of without any hassle for the landlord.

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