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Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

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.

Crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance workgroup

The St. Louis Park City Council has selected 13 applicants from various stakeholder groups to form the workgroup and 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 selected applicants have been contacted, and staff are working on scheduling the date and time for the first meeting.

It is anticipated that the process to review and analyze the crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance and report the outcome to the council will take the workgroup approximately six months. Part of the process will include opportunities for the public to provide input on the ordinance at community listening sessions. The date and time of these sessions will be posted once the date and time has been determined.

If you have questions, contact Michele Schnitker, housing supervisor, at mschnitker@stlouispark.org or 952.924.2571.

Crime-free, drug-free rental housing program training

The program consists of three phases:

  • Phase one — Eight hours of training on tenant screening, lease addendum, evictions, etc.
  • Phase two — Physical survey of the building to make sure it meets minimum security requirements such as deadbolt locks, 180-degree peep holes, interior and exterior lighting, etc.
  • Phase three — Crime prevention meeting to show tenants security precautions they can take to protect themselves and their belongings.

Phase one training is held in June and December.

For additional training opportunities throughout Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association website.

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.