Proposed Rental Housing Licensing Program
Date: September 23, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: City Council Chambers, City Hall
1830 County Road B East, Maplewood, MN 55109
On September 23, 2019 the Maplewood City Council will be is considering adoption of a rental property license program to maintain housing standards and promote public safety and welfare. The goal of this licensing program is to implement an inspection and maintenance program that corrects substandard conditions, maintains a standard for existing and newly constructed rental dwellings, and ensures neighborhood stability within the City.
The City Council is holding a public hearing on September 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. to solicit feedback from landlords, renters and other community members interested in weighing in on this issue.
Key points of the proposed program include:
- Owners/property managers would be required to attend a Crime Free Multi-Housing Phase 1 training or its equivalent.
- Rental properties must pass a City inspection and continue to maintain the property in accordance to code requirements.
- Owners/property managers would be required to screen all potential tenants by using a written rental application which contains sufficient information to conduct a Criminal Background check.
- Owners/property managers would be required to use a written lease for all tenants and all leases must require tenants to sign a “Lease Addendum for Crime-Free/Drug-Free Housing.”
- Criminal Background Investigation on Property Owner(s)/representatives.
- Property Owners would be required to provide 24-hour contact information for a person who resides within the Twin City metropolitan service area who is responsible for code compliance of the rental property. This person will be either the owner or agent of the property.
- The City Manager may deny or not renew a license and the City Council may revoke or suspend a rental license for failure to address tenant or property issues.
Resources for Renters in Maplewood
• Minnesota Attorney General’s Office - The office's website contains a section on Landlord and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities.
• HOME Line - This is a nonprofit Minnesota statewide tenant advocacy organization with many online resources for renters.
•Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Free legal resources to low income and seniors (60+) in a full range of civil matters.