Landlords must give new tenants the following:
- A Certificate of Rental Suitability from the Department of Licenses and Inspections that confirms the landlord has obtained all of the necessary licenses and there are no outstanding property maintenance or fire code violations at the property;
- A signed written statement by the landlord certifying that the unit is in suitable condition to rent; and
- A copy of the "Partners For Good Housing" handbook issued by L&I.
This law only applies to new tenants, not to lease renewals. A Certificate is required each time a property is rented. Landlords who fail to get a Certificate, may be subject to fines and penalties. All landlords must also have a valid Housing Inspection License to collect rent.