Katie Whaley, Coordinator
Rental Housing Inspection Program
Based on concerns from renters about health and safety problems in their apartments, the City developed a program to help make sure landlords keep up on basic building maintenance. The City Council passed an ordinance in 2018 to require periodic inspection of multi-family housing.
The ordinance requires a health and safety inspection of multi-family (apartment/4-plex) housing within Kent city limits by a qualified inspector every three years. Apartments are defined as a residential building designed for or occupied by three or more families. The following housing types are exempt from the inspection requirement: single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes, condos, mobile homes, manufactured homes, hotels, motels, institutions, shelters, transitional housing, and rental units owned, operated, managed, or inspected by a government agency.
The city has been divided into 3 segments as listed below. Inspections will be required in 2019, 2020 or 2021 depending on which segment a property is located in. The cycle will repeat every 3 years. The first area requiring inspections starting March 2019 is North East Hill (East of Highway 167 and North of James Street).
|North East Hill (North of James St.)||2019|
|West Hill/ Valley||2020|
|South East Hill (South of James St.)||2021|
Owners of properties that do not meet the health and safety standards will need to make repairs and pass a re-inspection prior to renewing their multi-family business license; failure to do so may result in penalty fees and business license revocation.
For questions about this program, please contact the Rental Housing Inspection Program Coordinator at RHIP@KentWA.gov