Katie Whaley, Coordinator

Rental Housing Inspection Program

253-856-5550

RHIP Process

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Inspections Required:

The inspection cycle will begin March 2019 with a formal notice to apartment rental property owners located in North East Hill (North of James St.). Landlords must submit proof of passed inspection by November 1st, in order to renew their multi-family business license by December 31st. 

Hire an inspector:

Choose a qualified inspector from our list of available private inspectors. Inspections will be conducted at the owner's expense.  

Inspectable Units:

20 percent of the total number of units must be inspected. The specific units will be randomly selected by the City.

Unit Selection:

Upon hiring a qualified inspector, please e-mail the RHIP Coordinator at least 1 week prior to the scheduled inspection date.

The e-mail shall include the following information: name of inspector, scheduled date of inspection, total number of units, and unit numbering sequence (A1-10, B1-20). The landlord and hired inspector will receive an e-mail from the RHIP Coordinator identifying the randomly selected units and building(s) to be inspected prior to the inspection date.

Notification of Tenants:

Properties within an inspection year are required to notify ALL TENANTS that some units will be inspected and tenants whose units need repairs or maintenance should send written notice to the landlord as provided in RCW 59.18.070. The notice must also advise tenants that if the landlord fails to adequately respond to the request for repairs or maintenance, the tenants may contact City of Kent officials. A copy of the notice must be provided to the inspector upon request on the day of inspection. You may prepare your notices using this template.

Once you have scheduled an inspection, you must give your tenants a minimum of 48 hours’ notice of inspection per state law (RCW 59.18.150 (6). You may prepare your notices using this template.   

Inspection Checklist:

Each qualified rental housing inspector shall use the official City of Kent interior and exterior checklist  when inspecting units. A separate interior checklist shall be completed for each unit inspected. The exterior checklist shall be used for each building(s) selected for the exterior portion of the inspection.

Inspection:

Passing the Inspection: Once your property passes the RHIP inspection, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance. You must submit a checklist (for each unit inspected), sign the Certificate of Compliance and have the inspector sign the Certificate of Declaration (found at the bottom of the checklist).

Failing the Inspection: If your property does not pass the inspection, you need to submit the failed checklist to RHIP, make the required corrections, and have the property re-inspected within the number of days specified by the City.

Re-inspection: Once the landlord has passed the re-inspection, the landlord will need to submit proof of repair (receipts, photos, or contractor bill), the passed inspection checklist, signed Certificate of Compliance and Certificate of Declaration, found at the bottom of the checklist. Private inspectors will set their own rates.   

Submitting Documents:

Online submission of inspection documents will be required starting May 1st for a fee of $15 per building. Any inspections completed prior to May 1st can be submitted via email to RHIP@KentWA.gov.