SEATTLE – After a hard fought battle in 2012, the Seattle City Council passed the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO). The ordinance’s intent is to assure that every rental unit in the city of Seattle is regularly inspected for basic health and safety. Passage of the ordinance created a mechanism by which retaliation against tenants for reporting a landlord to the Department of Construction and Inspections would be reduced or eliminated. This does not eliminate the original complaint based system; rather, this adds a layer of protection to tenants who are afraid to report repair issues due to possible retaliation by their landlord or property manager.
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