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Minneapolis Truth in Housing Inspections

In Minneapolis, you’ll need a Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) evaluation to sell:

  • All single family homes, duplexes, townhouses and first-time condo conversions are included. Townhouses always need a TISH, but condos that have been previously owned do not need a TISH. (There is a legal distinction between townhouses and condos.)
  • The TISH report must be done within 3 days of offering the property for sale (by listing, advertising, for-sale sign, etc.) and before it can be shown to buyers
  • The report is good for two years or one sale
  • The report must be displayed on the property so potential buyers can see it
  • re-inspection must be done after the required repairs are completed. This is separate from the first inspection and requires an additional $75.00 fee
  • The buyer can assume the repairs if they’re willing to do so

City inspectors and state electrical inspectors (not Apple) do all re-inspections for permits. For non-permit items, call Apple for the re-inspection.

Where can I get a copy of a Minneapolis Truth in Housing report?

Truth in Housing reports can be found on the Minneapolis Property Information website, along with the list of required repairs and the Certificate of Approval (when repairs are done).

Unless a Certificate of Approval is presented at closing, the buyer must complete any required repairs listed on the disclosure report within 90 days after closing. A notification letter from the City summarizes the required repairs, and tells you when a permit is needed. You may get a copy of the notification letter from the seller, or from the Minneapolis Truth in Housing office, if you have filed a signed Acknowledgement of Responsibility form.

Can I sell the house “as-is”?

You can sell the house “as-is” if the buyer agrees to take over the repairs. The buyer signs the Acknowledgement of Responsibility at closing. The buyer, buyer’s agent, and the closer are jointly required to file the Acknowledgement of Responsibility form and a copy of the TISH disclosure report with the Minneapolis Truth in Housing Department within 1 day after the closing date. If a current Certificate of Approval is presented at closing, the Acknowledgement of Responsibility is not needed.

How do I get a permit for repairs?

Some repairs require a permit. If a permit is needed, that is indicated on the notification letter you’ll get in the mail. Homeowners can pull (get) permits for the single-family house that they are living in (owner-occupied single-family dwelling).

A homeowner should not pull a permit for repair work done by someone else. Whoever pulls the permit is responsible for completing the work correctly. If you hire someone to do work that requires a permit, it should be a licensed contractor. The contractor should pull their own permit. If you pull a permit for a contractor, that makes you responsible for their work.

A homeowner can pull a permit for most types of work. There are some exceptions. For example, a homeowner cannot pull a permit for gas or vent work on a furnace or boiler. Homeowners cannot pull permits for duplexes, even if they live on the property.

Minneapolis Permit Counter:
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1373
Phone: (612) 673-3000
Fax: (612) 370-1416

How do I get a “Safety Check”?

Some repairs require a Safety Check, for example water heater venting problems, some electrical issues, and some furnace or boiler problems. If a Safety Check is required, it is indicated on the notifications letter. The evaluator and/or the Truth in Housing Department determine the need for Safety Checks.

Licensed contractors in the related trade must do Safety Checks. (For example, a licensed electrician must do a Safety Check for the electrical system.)

How do I get an inspection after the repairs are done?

re-inspection of the repairs is required to make sure they were done properly. The seller can have the repairs inspected any time before closing. If the buyer takes over the repairs, the buyer has 90 days from the date of closing to:

  1. See that all required permits are pulled.
  2. Complete all the required repairs.
  3. Have any required Safety Checks completed and sent to the Truth in Housing office.
  4. Schedule a re-inspection.
  5. For permit items, call the inspector listed on page 2 of your permit.

For non-permit items, call Apple. There will be a re-inspection fee for this service.

What if I want to re-sell the property?

To re-sell, all repairs from the previous Truth in Housing report must be done and a new Truth in Housing report obtained. Reports are good only for one sale, and only for the person named as the seller on the report.

See some common Truth in Housing repairs