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Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

Crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance workgroup

The city has decided to form a workgroup of community stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of the effect of the crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance in order to:

  • Determine its effectiveness
  • Identify any unintended consequences or concerns
  • Make recommendations to the city council on possible modifications to the ordinance

The goal is to help promote safe, livable rental properties that are responsive to the needs of tenants, property owners/managers and the community.

The process is expected to take about six to eight months.

Who should apply?

Community stakeholders that are most affected by the ordinance, including rental property owners/managers, tenants and other members of the community, should consider applying. The final 10-person workgroup should include demographic diversity and an equitable representation from each stakeholder group.

View the workgroup process outline.

How to apply

Interested individuals should complete and return the crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance workgroup application by Feb. 28, 2019. Applications will be presented to council for final selection.

Contact Michele Schnitker, housing supervisor, at mschnitker@stlouispark.org or 952.924.2571 with any questions.

Crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance background

The crime-free/drug-free rental housing ordinance took effect in 2008 in response to concerns from residents who lived in or adjacent to rental properties experiencing disorderly or criminal activity. The purpose of the proposed ordinance was to enhance the rental business licensing section of the city code to assist in reducing crime and improving the quality of life within the community. When the program was first adopted in 2008 there were 8,316 rental units; today there are 11,284 licensed rental units.

Note: In December 2018, the St. Louis Park City Council voted 6-0 (Hallfin absent) to suspend all city notices of violations of the crime-free/drug-free rental housing ordinance. This topic was discussed again at the Jan. 14, 2019, study session. Read more about this discussion.

St. Louis Park Area Rental Coalition

St. Louis Park Area Rental Coalition's (SPARC) mission is to provide a community-wide forum that promotes effective management practices and quality rental housing in St. Louis Park. This is a valuable networking opportunity for rental owners, managers and city staff. 

The coalition meets quarterly. Any information on upcoming meetings can be found below.

For more information, contact Marney Olson, assistant housing supervisor, at 952.924.2196 or molson@stlouispark.org.  

Additional resources

HousingLink
HousingLink is Minnesota's primary source for affordable housing-related openings and information. It’s also used by landlords and property managers to advertise their rental housing openings for free. 
Minnesota Multi Housing Association
The Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) promotes high standards in the development, management and maintenance of rental and owner-occupied multi housing. It offers members products, such as renter lease agreements, and education to fit the needs of rental property owners and management companies.