Katie Whaley, Coordinator

Rental Housing Inspection Program

253-856-5550

Rental Housing Inspection Program

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Background

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.

Requirements

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.

Inspection Cycle

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).

Area  Inspection Year
 North East Hill (North of James St.)  2019
 West Hill/ Valley  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.
For questions about this program, please contact the Rental Housing Inspection Program Coordinator at RHIP@KentWA.gov