Selling Your Residential Propertyupdated: Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Inspections at the time of sale are aimed at protecting the community's overall housing stock and avoiding unsafe conditions and major deterioration. The City of St. Louis Park requires property inspections whenever a property is sold or ownership is transferred. To ensure you are ready for closing, apply for your Property Maintenance Inspection Permit and schedule an inspection before you place your property up for sale. A Property Maintenance Certificate MUST be presented to the buyer and title company when the property transfer occurs at closing.
To schedule an inspection, the homeowner or the owner's agent may apply on-line using ePermits, mail-in or fax in the Property Maintenance Certificate application, or come to St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. (second floor - Inspections Department). Please call the Inspections Department at 952.924.2588 with questions.
The fee for the housing inspection includes the initial inspection and any follow-up inspections that may be needed. Inspection appointments are typically available within one to three days. A city inspector will visit your property to check that the siding, roof, garage and interior complies with the city's property maintenance code. A typical inspection takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Fees are:
- $235 house or townhouse
- $150 condo
- $325 duplex
If the inspector finds no code violations, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued. Certificates issued for single family homes, townhomes and duplexes are good for one year from the date issued. Condominiums will have certificates issued which are valid for a two year period from the issue date.
If code violations are found,a correction notice is issued for the needed repairs. In most cases, corrections must meet the code requirements that were in place when the building was constructed. If a portion of the home was remodeled, the remodeled section must comply with the building code that was in effect when the remodeling occurred. (Exception: smoke detectors are required in all buildings, no matter when constructed.)
In most cases, the seller makes the code corrections. However, buyers may obtain a Temporary Property Maintenance Certificate if they sign an agreement acknowledging the work orders and agreeing to make all required code work within 90 days from the closing. The buyers and sellers must use this city's agreement form and pay a $85 service fee. This agreement must be prepared 48-hours prior to closing. In addition, sufficient funds must be put in escrow to cover the cost outlined in the agreement. A city representative must also sign off on the agreement.
After repairs have been completed, a city housing inspector will return for a follow-up inspection to verify that all work meets code. Once this is done, a Property Maintenance Certificate is issued.
The inspection report is public information and can be obtain by contacting the Inspections Department at 952.924.2588.