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Crime Free Housing Program
City Code Section 12-914
For the purpose of City Code Chapter 12, the Crime Free Housing Program shall mean the nationally recognized program, unless otherwise indicated.   The phases of the program include, but are not limited to, the conditions set forth below.

Phase I (required for Type II, III, and IV rental licenses)
For license categories other than Type I, an owner, manager, or local agent responsible for the operation of the rental property must complete the Phase I training of the Crime Free Housing Program or a similar course approved by the City Manager.  Certification as a rental property manager may also satisfy this requirement.  Phase I includes the following:

  • Attend an eight-hour crime-free housing course presented by police, fire, public housing and others.
  • Use a written lease including the Minnesota Crime Free Housing Lease Addendum.
  • Check the criminal background of all prospective tenants and, upon request, provide a copy of Third Party Background Check procedures for Tenants.
  • Actively pursue the eviction of tenants who violate the terms of the lease and/or the Crime Free Lease Addendum.

Phase II (required for Type III and IV rental licenses)
Includes Phase I plus the following:

  • Complete a Security Assessment and complete the security improvements recommended.  This phase will certify that the rental property has met the security requirements for the tenant’s safety.
  • Attend a minimum of 25 percent of Owners/Managers Association Meetings.

Phase III (required for Type IV rental licenses)
Includes Phases I and II plus the following:

  • For properties with more than four units, conduct resident training annually for the residents where crime watch and crime prevention techniques are discussed.
  • For properties with more than four units, hold regular resident meetings.
  • Attend a minimum of 50 percent of Owners/Managers Association Meetings.
  • Have no City Code violations that were not resolved in accordance with compliance orders within the past year.

Resources and Links
International Crime Free Association
Association for Responsible Management
Minnesota Crime Prevention Association

For more information regarding Security Assessment and Crime Free Housing Program contact Crime Prevention Specialist Becky Boie at 763-503-3272 or