There has been alot of hype in the real estate realm around whether the City Council should approve the program which will require the registration and inspection of all rental properties. But yesterday afternoon City Council must have agree with the tenant and landlord groups who’ve advocated that tenants have the right to healthy and safe living conditions, because the program was approved.
While many tenants and support groups are excited for the change to take place in 2014, other landlord groups are concerned about the potential fees from rental inspectors that could begin at $150 a day for those refusing to correct the problems. Under the program, all properties that have 10 or more units will need to register with the city prior to Dec 31, 2014, and properties with 1-4 units by Dec 31, 2016. According to the Seattle Times, the vote was 5-0 in favor of the program. For more information on rental property inspections, visit the Seattle Times.
Are you living in a run down rental? The City of Seattle is considering cracking down on older problem rental buildings by requiring all landlords to register their rental units for inspections. According to NPR, the non profit group Tenants Union of Washington State is working in collaboration with other groups, along with Seattle City Council to determine a new system of rental registrations. In the proposal, Landlords would have to register all units, pay an initial fee, and go under inspection for health and safety issues every 5-10 years.
There would be some exemptions in place, such as vacation rentals, and mother in law apartments, but overall if the proposal is approved, landlords will have to adhere to a new set of rules. As of now the city council committee may come to a vote before the full council meeting on October 1st. For more information on the issue, visit NPR online.