By the coordination of efforts of the City and property managers of Brooklyn Center, the Association for Responsible Management (ARM) will strive to foster a cohesive and respectful community for all by promoting clean, safe, and attractive rental properties that are valued and appreciated by owners, tenants, and neighbors.
It is the vision of the ARM that all Brooklyn Center residents will enjoy a healthy, safe, and beautiful living environment. Renters of all income levels will have access to the highest-quality rental properties possible. Homeowners, tenants, and property managers are mutually respectful, involved in the improvement of the city’s image and enjoy a vibrant, welcoming community. Property managers practice good business tactics, and are rewarded with quality tenants.
ARM Meeting Dates, Newsletters, and Meeting Materials
ARM meetings are held the second Thursday of every other month (starting in January) from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. ARM meetings take place at City Hall Council Chambers, located at 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430.
NOTE: The November 2020 ARM meeting has been cancelled. Meetings are tentatively scheduled to resume in January 2021.
Newsletters & Information
Tenant and Landlord Information
The responsibilities of being a landlord and a tenant are governed by the State and by local ordinances. The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office publishes a handbook titled “Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities,” that outlines the expectations spelled out by the State Statutes. The handbook is available at no cost and can be obtained by calling the Minnesota State Attorney General’s Office at (651) 296-3353 or 1 (800) 657-3787 (TTD 1-800-366-4812) or by visiting www.ag.state.mn.us
Tenants have an obligation to help keep a rental property in compliance with community standards, the owner is also liable for any violations. It is ultimately the landlord’s responsibility to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions within the rental property. Both landlords and tenants are responsible for the prevention of insect and rodent infestation. All extermination must be completed by a licensed contractor.
Conduct on Rental Property
The landlord is responsible for the overall conduct of their tenants. Landlords are notified of complaints of loud parties or disorderly conduct that result in police action. Landlords are expected to manage their tenants when these events occur. Subsequent problems may result in the rental license being suspended or a lower license category/designation. For more information see City Code 12-911.
Attorney General’s Office
Properties with three or more units that are sold to a new owner will be required to provide protection for tenants. The purpose of the Tenant Protection Ordinance is to essentially freeze the terms of the existing lease for a 90 day period of time, allowing tenants time to relocate should they need to.
The ordinance requires a new owner of a property with three or more units, and with rents which are considered affordable, to pay relocation benefits to tenants if the new owner increases rent, re-screens existing residents resulting in tenants relocating from the property, implements non-renewals without cause within 3 months after the purchase, or materially changes the terms of the lease resulting in the tenant relocating from the property. The ordinance would require new buyers to notify tenants within 30 days if substantive changes to the lease are forthcoming, giving tenants time to relocate if necessary.
The ordinance defines "Cause" as the renter violating a provision of the City's rental housing provisions, nonpayment of rent, malicious destruction of property, or disturbing the peace. This means that a new landlord would not be able to non-renew a lease except for these reasons during the tenant protection period. A landlord would still be able to evict a tenant through the typical legal process.
Once an owner has applied for a rental license, the City will schedule a rental license inspection. The inspection will be conducted in all units, common areas including, but not limited to the mechanical, laundry, basement, and garages. The purpose of the inspection is to assure that all rental housing is decent, safe, sanitary, and is operated and maintained, as not to become a nuisance to the neighborhood or become an influence that fosters blight and deterioration.
The inspection is conducted to ensure that the property meets minimum building, housing, and property maintenance standards found in Chapter 3, 12, and 19 of the City Code. Prior to the inspection owners and managers are encouraged to do a pre-inspection of their property to ensure that property code violations are corrected prior to the rental license inspection. Included in the rental license packet is the Rental Inspection Brochure. Owners and managers are encouraged to review and use the brochure as a checklist, to find the most common code violations that are found during the rental license inspection.