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Rental Licensing to Achieve Compliance.

Hackett, Silvana.

This report provides background information on policy options used by suburban cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to address issues of non‐compliance with city property maintenance code and geographically concentrated criminal activity. It focuses primarily on rental licensing programs as a policy response and analyzes the experiences of cities with universal and targeted rental licensing programs. This study includes a literature review and a summary of the interviews conducted with surrounding cities and with Roseville Inspections Department staff.

Information collected from this research yielded the following recommendations:

  • The City of Roseville should consider implementing a targeted rental licensing program. To address staffing concerns due to an expected increase in inspections, a system of third‐party inspections should be used.
  • In order to see improvements in property maintenance and other health and safety issues in multi‐family housing, Roseville should consider the following changes to its city code : Adjusting the occupancy standards by requiring rental property owners to maintain an occupancy register with the names of all persons legally allowed to occupy a unit; Adding a stipulation regarding safe food storage practices; Adjusting the infestation stipulation of the property maintenance code to specify professional treatment of infestations; Adjusting the repair stipulations by requiring a higher quality of repair or standard for replacement of building materials as needed and; Allowing concerned citizens other than tenants to file complaints about health and safety violations with the City.
  • To dissipate the concentration of criminal activity in certain buildings, Roseville should require rental property owners to include a crime‐free addendum to their leases and encourage landlord participation in crime‐free multi‐family housing trainings.
  • To support rental property owners, the City should consider requiring their participation in periodic meetings with other property owners, inspections, police, and fire staff.
  • Roseville should also provide an education component for both tenants and landlords to explain their rights and responsibilities as well as any changes to City ordinances.

The following report provides more detailed information on programmatic variations of rental licensing programs and how these apply to Roseville’s situation.

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Prepared for Roseville Housing and Redevelopment Authority with funding from a Communiversity Personnel Grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
31 pp.
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