Renting Out Your Home

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Property owners who wish to rent out their single-family home, duplex, townhome or condo must apply for an annual business license before a tenant moves in. This requirement applies to any dwelling unit that is not owner-occupied, including dwelling units which are vacant or occupied by a relative of the owner. All license renewals must be postmarked by January 1. The license fee is:

  • $125 per home
  • $175 when both sides of a duplex are rented out
  • $125 when only one side of a duplex is rented out and the owner lives on the other side
  • $90 per condo/townhome

Please note: After July 1st, all new licenses (renewals not included) will be half-price until the end of the calendar year.

How to apply for a Rental License Application

  • Mail application to City of St. Louis Park, Inspections Department, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.  Provide a check for payment, or include a name and phone number to be contacted for credit card payment.
  • Email application to Include a name and phone number to be contacted for credit card payment.
  • Fax application to 952.924.2663.  Fax is secured and you may add credit card information on the fax cover sheet.
  • Apply in person at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Boulevard. The Inspections Department is on the 2nd Floor, and office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30AM - 4:30PM.

City ordinance enables city staff to inspect rental property once every two years to ensure it is being maintained to minimum property maintenance code requirements. These minimum property maintenance requirements apply to all homes, as well as apartment buildings and businesses. Owners must correct code violations in a timely manner. To prepare for a residential inspection, view a  list of Common Identified Property Maintenance Items that could be corrected prior to the inspection.

The property owner or manager must have attended an approved training program with The Minnesota Crime Free Multi-Housing Program before a rental license is issued. A provisional license may be issued for six months to accommodate the training schedule. An owner whose only rental housing is either unoccupied or homesteaded by a relative is not required to attend the training program. Read more about the Minnesota Crime Free Multi-Housing Program on the Landlord Information page.

The business license requirement does not apply to:

  • A dwelling unit occupied by the owner for a minimum of six months per calendar year.
  • Rented rooms within an owner-occupied dwelling unit.
  • Unoccupied dwelling units being offered for sale which have been issued a Certificate of Property Maintenance that remains in effect.

For more information, contact the Inspections Department, at 952.924.2588.

See Also

Inspections Department
Property Permit History
Property Maintenance
Selling a Commercial Property
Selling Your Home