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 1, 2017, all new licenses (renewals not included) will be half-price until the end of the calendar year.

To apply, complete and print out the Rental License Application. Then fax it to Inspections at 952.924.2663 or mail it to City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

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 schedule an inspection, please call the Inspections Department at 952.924.2537.

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.