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How to request a rent increase

How to request a rent increase

To request an increase, the following conditions must be met:

• Your tenant is on month-to-month tenancy or the initial 12-month lease is ending before the proposed effective date.

• The proposed rent amount is not more than you charge for non-subsidized tenants; it is "rent reasonable."

• The unit passed its most recent Housing Quality Standards inspection.

• You have not raised the rent for the unit within the last 12 months.

If these conditions have been met, send your tenant a notice including the tenant’s name, address, unit number, proposed effective date and proposed rent amount, and the reason for the change in rent. Be sure your contact information is also on the notice.

A copy of this notice must be mailed or faxed to Seattle Housing Authority, and must arrive at least 60 days before the proposed effective date of the increase. It is your responsibility, not the tenant’s, to notify the agency of the proposed rent increase.

Submit a copy of your rent increase request by email to, by fax to 206-239-1770, or by mail to:

Seattle Housing Authority
Attn: Rent Increase Desk
P.O. Box 19028
190 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle WA 98109-1028