While there is no state wide requirement to have a business license for a rental property in Washington, most cities in Washington require either a City Business License and/or a Washington State Business License. You should check the city where your rental property is located to make sure you have met all requirements.
The City of Seattle requires that “All persons engaging in business activity in the City of Seattle are required to obtain a business license”, including those “Engaging in business activity” and “Owning, renting, leasing, maintaining, or having the right to use, or using, tangible personal property, intangible personal property, or real property permanently or temporarily located in the City, in connection with a business activity…” For more information, read here (link). Furthermore, the City of Seattle also requires rental properties to be registered with the Department of Planning and Development. (SMC §§ 22.214)
Aside from Seattle, most major cities in Washington including Bellevue, Kirkland, Kent, Burien and Tukwila require either a City and/or State Business License. Check your local cities website for more information.
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