The Seattle City Council approved legislation to hold landlords responsible for rental housing inspections.
Under the program landlords would be required to register their properties and pay for inspections.
"I have great hopes that this program will improve the conditions of renters living in substandard housing. A similar program in Los Angeles has resulted in a $1.3 billion re-investment in the City's rental housing stock while costing tenants in LA less than $13 year," said Councilmember Nick Licata, Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture Committee Chair.
Many landlords say those costs will be passed on to tenants.
Housing advocates say 5-10 percent of Seattle's 42,000 rental units are believed to be unsafe.