South St. Paul rental property is defined as single-family, duplex, triplex, four-plex, apartments, condominiums, townhomes or another residential rental dwelling that is used for residential occupancy by one or more persons who are not the owner or a member of the owner’s family.
City of South St. Paul
Residential Rental Housing Program
On July 21, 2008, the City adopted an ordinance relating to residential rental housing. The City implemented this new residential housing program based on:
• Concern has been expressed in the community regarding property maintenance standards as practiced at some sites located in the community. There is a community perception that these locations are often rental properties and that they are not adequately monitored through the current rental licensing format.
• The City’s current rental licensing format has produced inadequate and inaccurate recordkeeping as to ownership and enforcement of property maintenance standards. The recordkeeping problems have sometimes hampered law enforcement and code enforcement efforts.
• The current mortgage crises in the housing market may be creating an opportunity for large-scale conversion of owner-occupied homes to rental basis. The current rental licensing format has not historically operated to quickly and efficiently identify and regulate these conversions.
• The consolidation of the South St. Paul Fire Department into the new South Metro Fire Department (SMFD) creates a unique opportunity for reformatting the current rental licensing regulatory structure. Comprehensive inspection of residential rental properties will not be a service provided by the SMFD. The City intends to ‘raise the bar’ by henceforth using City licensed housing evaluators who are dedicated to this purpose and who have certified expertise for the performance of these inspections.
Every person who owns property and operates it as residential rental property needs to secure an annual license for the right to conduct this business within the community. The license must be secured each year and the premises must be inspected at least once every four years.
Rental applications and forms should be returned to:
Rental Housing Department
125 3rd Avenue North
South St. Paul, MN 55075