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Helpful information about the new Tacoma Rental Code

February 13, 2019

Here is some helpful information about the new Tacoma Rental Code. Use the link below for additional details, including violations:

https://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=163295

  1. Verify if your rental property is within the Tacoma city limits.
  2. Website to provide in the tenants in the criteria.
  3. Link to download Tenant Information Packet
  4. Notice of Resources

TENANT INFORMATION PACKET:

The initial distribution of information to tenants must be in written form and landlords shall obtain the tenant’s signature documenting tenant’s receipt of such information. If a tenant refuses to provide a signature documenting the tenant’s receipt of the information, the landlord may draft a declaration stating when and where the landlord provided tenant with the required information. After the initial distribution of the summaries to tenants, a landlord shall provide existing tenants with updated summaries by the City, and may do so in electronic form unless a tenant otherwise requests written summaries.

NOTICE OF RESOURCES:

A landlord is required to provide a copy of a resource summary, prepared by the City, to any tenant when the landlord provides a notice to a tenant under RCW 59.12.030.

VIOLATION:

For a violation of Distribution of information required (TMC 1.95.030), Deposit requirements and installment payments (TMC 1.95.040), Notice requirement generally (TMC 1.95.050), or -14- Ord18-1330amend.doc-DEC/bn 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Notice to increase rent requirements (TMC 1.95.060), a landlord shall be subject to the following penalties:

(1) For the first violation for each affected dwelling unit, $500; and

(2) For each affected dwelling unit for each subsequent violation within a three-year period, $1,000.

b. For a violation of a Notice to vacate (TMC 1.95.070), Tenant Relocation Assistance (TMC 1.95.080), and Retaliation prohibited (TMC 1.95.090.A.2), a landlord shall be subject to the following penalties:

(1) For each violation from the date the violation begins for the first ten days of noncompliance, $250 per day, per dwelling unit;

(2) For each violation for each day beyond ten days of noncompliance until compliance is achieved, $500 per day, per dwelling unit.

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