Code Enforcement Assistance

Tenants should always report deficient basic life safety requirements to the landlord or property management. If the landlord fails to remedy the defective condition within a reasonable time after receiving written notice as provided in RCW 59.18.070, the tenant may file a Code Enforcement Investigation Request case to pursue other remedies. Basic life safety requirements include:

  • Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be functional
  • Egress escape windows and/or doors should be operational
  • Roof and plumbing leaks 
  • Stairs, handrails, and egress components should be in good repair
  • Electrical hazards
  • Heat source and ventilation are adequate and functional

For more information on this process or to discuss if your situation warrants an investigation request, contact code enforcement staff at