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Contact
Xiong Thao
Housing & Community Standards Supervisor



6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

Ph: (763) 569-3330
Fx: (763) 569-3360

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

Since June 1, 1975, the City of Brooklyn Center has required rental property to be licensed in order to assure that rental housing is decent, safe, and sanitary and does not become a nuisance to the neighborhood. Both landlords and tenants are responsible for meeting city housing standards and being a good neighbor.

Licensing Information available here

Unlicensed Rental Properties
Owners of a non-licensed rental property may be subject to fines, prosecution charges, and incarceration. Rental license violation is a misdemeanor. To determine if a property is licensed, search rental licenses.

View City Rental Ordinance Chapter 12

Association for Responsible Management (ARM)

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.

Vision
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.

Objectives

  • Act as a networking resource for property managers
  • Educate and inform property managers about current city initiatives
  • Improve the safety and quality of all rental properties in the city to improve and maintain the city’s image with citizens and neighbors        
  • Promote resources for property managers and tenants
  • Provide more accessible dialogue between government, residents, and property managers
  • Solicit workshop / meeting feedback from attendants to increase meeting effectiveness

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

  • November 12, 2020 Newsletter View
  • September 10, 2020 Newsletter View
  • July 9, 2020 Newsletter View
  • May 14, 2020 Newsletter View
  • March 12, 2020 Newsletter View
  • January 9, 2020 Newsletter View
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Handouts & Forms

The following handouts and forms are important to management of rental property.

Forms

Crime Free Housing Lease Addendum
Landlord Tenant Rights & Responsibilities- MN Attorney General's Office
Rental Action Mitigation Plan
Please download the form, complete, save, and submit.

Handouts

Good Neighbor Brochure
Property Maintenance Checklist


Other Resources

How to Adopt a Smoke-Free Policy- Live Smoke-Free Minnesota
International Property Maintenance Code - IPMC 

License Application & Information
Contact
Alix Bentrud
Deputy City Clerk



6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430

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

Hours
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.

Additional Information

Resources & Links

Important Numbers
  • Licensing Questions - (763) 569-3308
  • Inspection Scheduling - (763) 569-3330
  • Crime Free Housing- (763) 569-3333
  • Planning and Zoning Questions - (763) 569-3330

  • Helpful Resources
    View the resource directory to find helpful contacts and area services for tenants and landlords.

    MN Housing Finance Agency: Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program

    Tenant & Landlord Responsibilities

    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.

    Tenant Resources

    Attorney General’s Office

    MN Courts


    More Information
    Please review the common questions and answers for landlords and tenants in the Frequently Asked Link.

    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.  


    Rental Inspections

    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. 

    Scheduling

    Rental inspections have resumed on a limited basis and notices will be sent for any upcoming inspections.  During inspections, staff will observe social distancing and will have on PPEs throughout the inspection.  If there are any owners, property managers or family members who have been sick or are sick, the inspection staff will not conduct the inspection and will re-schedule for a later date.  Rental license inspections are scheduled as an AM (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) or PM (1 p.m.-4 p.m.) inspection. To inquire about or schedule an inspection time, contact Community Development department at (763)-569-3330. 

    Objectives
    • Inspect all units and accessory structures.
    • Provide information and resources for property managers.
    • Educate and inform property managers about current housing and building codes.
    • Improve the safety and quality of all rental properties in the City to improve and maintain the City’s image with citizens and neighbors.      
    • Provide more accessible dialogue between government, residents, and property manager

    Resources