Helpful information about the new Tacoma Rental Code

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

  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


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.


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.


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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