Katie Whaley, Coordinator

Rental Housing Inspection Program

253-856-5550

Rental Housing Inspection Program Overview

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Attention property owners who received a notice of inspection:

In response to COVID-19, we have extended the inspection deadline until January 1st, 2021. We understand that inspections can’t be safely conducted during this time and will need to occur at a later date. However, we want to provide advance notice to property owners about the inspection requirement so you can plan, budget, and conduct inspections. It is important (and required) that you first register your property here. This will enable us to contact you with up-to-date information about any changes going forward. If you have any further questions, please e-mail RHIP@Kentwa.gov.

Overview 

Based on concerns from tenants about the health and safety of their units, 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 rental properties containing two or more units.

Requirements

The ordinance requires a health and safety inspection of the following rental housing types located within Kent city limits by a qualified inspector every three years. The following property types are subject to the inspection: 

  • Apartment
  • Townhomes
  • Four-plexes
  • Triplexes
  • Duplexes

Inspection Cycle

The city has been divided into 3 segments as listed below. Inspections will be required once every three years. Inspection year is dependent on which segment a property is located in. 

RHIP MAP_CMS Approved

Area  Inspection Year
 North East Hill (North of James St.)  2019
 West Hill/ Valley (West of Hwy 167)  2020
South East Hill (South of James St.)  2021

  Penalties

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.

Don't have a business license? Call 253-856-5200.