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Sharon Knutson
City Clerk

6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Ph: (763) 569-3306
Fx: (763) 569-3494

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Since June 1, 1975, Brooklyn Center has required the licensing of rental property as defined in Chapter 12 of the City Code.  The purpose is to assure that rental housing in the city is decent, safe, and sanitary and is so operated and maintained as not to become a nuisance to the neighborhood or to become an influence that fosters blight and deterioration or creates a disincentive to reinvestment in the community.

The operation of rental residential properties is a business enterprise that necessitates certain responsibilities.  Operators are responsible for taking such reasonable steps as are necessary to assure that the citizens of the city who occupy such units may pursue the quiet enjoyment of the normal activities of life in surroundings that are safe, secure, and sanitary; free from noise, nuisances, or annoyances; free from unreasonable fears about safety of persons and security of property; and suitable for raising children.

If you own property and let it for occupancy but do not occupy the property, you must obtain a rental dwelling license, regardless of compensation or if the property is occupied by a relative.

In April of 2010, a new performance based rental license program was implemented.  License categories are based on the condition of the property as determined by the rental license inspection and by excessive validated public nuisance police calls.  The conditions attached to each license category are designed to help the operator maintain and improve the condition and management of the property.

License Exceptions
A license is not required under the following circumstances:
  • A single-family dwelling or a dwelling unit in a duplex occupied by the building owner for a minimum of six months per calendar year
  • A residential property owned by a “snowbird” where the property is rented to another person for a period of less than 120 consecutive days while the owner is residing out of the state of Minnesota; the owner must occupy the property during the remainder of the year.
  • Rented rooms within an owner-occupied dwelling unit
  • Unoccupied dwelling units that have been issued a vacant building registration

Failure to Comply
Owners of a non-licensed rental property may be prosecuted and sentenced to rental penalties, prosecution charges and fines, and in some cases local confinement for rental license violation. Rental license violation is a misdemeanor.

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