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General Information
Alix Bentrud
Deputy City Clerk

6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Ph: (763) 569-3308
Fx: (763) 569-3494

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Brooklyn Center requires the licensing of rental property as defined in Chapter 12 of the City Code. The purpose is to assure that rental housing is decent, safe, and sanitary and is operated and maintained in a manner to not become a nuisance to the neighborhood or become an influence that fosters blight/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 necessary to assure that the citizens of Brooklyn Center who occupy such units may pursue the quiet enjoyment of the normal activities of life in surroundings that are safe, secure, and sanitary.

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

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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