Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required For All Rentals

Following a trend in recent years of carbon-monoxide-related deaths stemming from the use of grills and propane heaters indoors, carbon monoxide detectors are now required for all rental properties. The rule took effect January 1, 2013. The Washington State Building Code Council requires a detector on each level of the residence and outside each sleeping area.

While the state landlord-tenant laws do not specify tenant responsibilities for maintaining carbon monoxide detectors, most standard leases assign responsibilities in a similar fashion to those governing smoke detectors. Property owners are required to install the detectors, while tenants are responsible for their maintenance, and are subject to a fine of up to $200 for non-compliance.

Some buildings already have dual smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, but the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division recommends testing these at least once a month, especially if they are frequently disabled due to smoke while cooking.

For more information on Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

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Bellevue Rental Home: $2,950

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Apple Valley on the Eastside is the site of this charmingly remodeled home, now available for rent! This home features high ceilings ,hardwood floors, and an abundance of natural light! A den is off the large living room and the dining room opens to the gourmet kitchen. This home was recently remodeled by an architect with much care for comfortable living. The master suite has ample closet space and a beautiful bath. The other bedrooms are nice in size and all on the same floor. The back yard is completely fenced, and there is a 1 car garage attached. For more information on this or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed//Bath: 4//2
Price: $2,950

Capitol Hill Craftsman For Rent: $3,950

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This lovely Craftsman on north Capitol Hill street is now available for rent! This two story home with a basemen, has been remodeled in keeping with the charm of the turn of the century. The kitchen is a state of the art , with an island for sitting and talking with the cook, gas stove , and the kitchen overlooks the back yard that features a wonderful Play set outside. Hardwood floors throughout the first and second floor, and lower level has a family room and an additional bedroom. If you’re interested in this or other Seattle rentals contact your local real estate agent today.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4//2
Price: $3,950

Tech Cities See Rise in Rent and Residential Costs

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If you rent in Seattle, your pockets have certainly felt the rise in rental rates over the past few years. According to a report by Trulia, so have renters in other large tech cities. After dissecting housing reports Trulia found that prices were generally 82% higher in big tech hubs compared to other large metro cities. While engineers and and highly paid coders are well paid in the industry, the cost of living increase is still making it difficult to afford to live in these cities and bridge the affordability gap. According to the report, 48% of homes listed in these tech cities were affordable to the middle class based on the median household income, compared to 63% listed in other metro areas.

There are also huge variances even in affordability among the big tech hub cities: 14% of homes in San Francisco compared to over 60% in Washington DC and Raleigh. The big year over year increases in asking price were up in the top 10 tech cities, with a high rise of 24.4% in Oakland, and a low of 6.5% in Raleigh. Seattle’s asking price was up 16.6%, which was above that is San Francisco and San Jose. The rise in rent has also been prevalent in these tech hubs, with a standard 2 bedroom renting for over 37% more than in metro cities, and a year over year rise in Seattle has seen a 9.2% increase. If you’re looking for affordable housing in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today.