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Crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance workgroup

The St. Louis Park City Council 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.

Review and analysis of the crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance and report of the outcome to city council is expected to take about 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 in advance. 

Community input

Before making recommendations to the city council, the workgroup asked the community for input on two recommended options for changes to the ordinance. A community input meeting was held on Feb. 4, and an online survey was available until Feb. 11 as opportunities to provide input.

Learn more about the recommended options.


Past meetings

Meeting date Meeting summary
March 23, 2020
Dec. 4, 2019 Meeting 9 summary
Nov. 13, 2019 Meeting 8 summary
Oct. 30, 2019  Meeting 7 summary
Aug. 28, 2019  Meeting 6 summary
July 24, 2019 Meeting 5 summary
June 26, 2019 Meeting 4 summary
June 5, 2019 Meeting 3 summary
May 15, 2019 Meeting 2 summary
April 24, 2019 Meeting 1 summary
Workgroup members 
Member Workgroup role 
Marc Berg Community member
Kirsten Brekke Albright Community member
Joey Dobson Advocate
Karl Gamradt Neighbor
Amy Gonyea Owner/manager
Bernadette Hornig Owner/manager
Judith Onsomu Renter
Jeanie Seeley-Smith Owner/manager
Elizabeth Stroder Renter

Contact Michele Schnitker, housing supervisor, at or 952.924.2571 for more information about the workgroup.

Crime-free/drug-free rental 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 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.

The next Phase I training is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10, 2020. The June 2020 training has been canceled.

NOTE: Training attendees must attend all eight hours of the Phase 1 training the day of training to obtain credit and certificate of completion.

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

For questions about training, contact community outreach officer Ken Sysko at 952.924.2661.