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Crime-Free, Drug-Free Ordinance Community Input

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The crime-free, drug-free workgroup has been meeting since April 2019 to review and evaluate the crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance. 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.

View the current crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance.

Ordinance summary

  1. Requires rental licensing.
  2. Requires crime-free, drug-free training before any rental license is issued.
  3. Requires crime-free addendum for all leases.
  4. Owner or property manager receives notice from the police department for violations of the ordinance.
  5. The police department issues a notice to the property owner or manager to develop an action plan to prevent further violations following a second disorderly use violation in a 12-month period.
  6. The police department issues a notice to the property owner or manager to proceed with termination of the tenancy of all tenants occupying the unit following a third disorderly use violation in a 12-month period.
  7. The police department issues a notice of violation to the owner or property manager to proceed with termination of the tenancy of all tenants occupying the unit following one violation of the crime-free, drug-free provisions of the ordinance.
  8. The ordinance does not apply to calls from a tenant or on behalf of a tenant for police or emergency assistance, or any calls related to domestic abuse.
  9. The owner may appeal the notice of violations that require termination of tenancy.
  10. An owner failing to proceed with termination following the notice from the police department is subject to an administrative violation fee.
  11. Provisional license based on the number of police contacts, ongoing public safety concern or failure to maintain compliance with property maintenance and other city code requirements.

Recommended options

Option A: Modify the existing crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance as follows:
  1. Require rental licensing.
  2. Require training every three years with updates on new/modified information provided through the quarterly SPARC (St. Louis Park Area Rental Coalition) newsletters or in meetings, or when there is a change in management/ownership.
  3. Enhance training to include information related to domestic violence, mental illness, tenant resources and mediation services.
  4. Require crime-free addendum for all leases.
  5. Modify definitions to clarify who and where incidents apply to.
  6. Remove the compulsory lease terminations components of the ordinance.
  7. When an incident is documented by the police department, put in place an internal review process to ensure the incident warrants a notice.
  8. Any notice of an incident must be sent to both the landlord and tenant.
  9. Consider options for the notice of incidents to come from a representative of the city other than the police department.
  10. Detailed records of all incidents are maintained by the city and reviewed with the landlords upon renewal of rental license.
  11. If it is determined that incidents are not being addressed at the property, require an action plan be prepared and approved by the city prior to license renewal, and if necessary utilize the authority provided in the provisional license ordinance to ensure that criminal, drug and safety issues are resolved.
Option B: Repeal the existing crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance as follows:
  1. Require rental licensing.
  2. Require training every three years with updates on new/modified information provided through the quarterly SPARC (St. Louis Park Area Rental Coalition) newsletters or in meetings, or when there is a change in management/ownership.
  3. Enhance training to include information related to domestic violence, mental illness, tenant resources and mediation service.
  4. Repeal sections 8-331 and 8-332 in their entirety.*
  5. Revise Provisional License Ordinance 8-333 to:
    • Allow the city to downgrade a rental license to provisional status upon determination of ongoing public safety concerns, without regard to the number of reported incidents
    • Allow landlords and involved tenants to appeal this decision before the provisional license takes effect.

*Repeal sections requiring crime-free, drug-free lease addendum, notices of violations and termination of tenancy for violation of the ordinance. The link to the current crime-free, drug-free rental housing ordinance is at the top of this page.