This document is to supplement Information for Tenants, which landlords are required to provide to rental applicants upon signing a rental agreement. Recent changes to both Washington landlord-tenant law and City of Seattle rental ordinances are summarized. 

The Seattle Renter’s Handbook

The Seattle Renter’s Handbook is created by the city’s “Renting in Seattle” Program. It summarizes rental regulations and outlines the responsibilities of both Landlords and Tenants. The Handbook covers the entire rental cycle – from finding a unit to moving out – and discusses all relevant regulations of each stage.

In addition, it includes the Voter Registration Form, which is required by the Rental Agreement Ordinance. Finally, the Handbook offers tips and best practices to help build strong Landlord-Tenant relationships.

Seattle Landlords are required to provide Tenants with a copy of the Handbook:

  • When a new Lease is signed. This initial copy must be a printed, hard copy.
  • When a Lease is renewed. After an initial hard copy has been provided, future copies may be emailed.
  • Annually, if the Tenant is on a month-to-month Lease.
  • Any time updates are made to the handbook.

Download the current version of the Seattle Renter’s Handbook to provide to new or existing Tenants.

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