Approved Rental Ordinance Changes

The City Council recently approved several changes to the Rental Dwelling Ordinance.

The primary changes are as follows:

1) Adoption of the Metropolitan Council Inflow and Infiltration Compliance Program.  On June 13, 2016, the West St. Paul City Council passed an ordinance that is intended to remove clear water from the City’s public and private sanitary sewer system throughout the City.  The  Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) requirements respond to the Metropolitan Council’s Inflow and Infiltration Compliance Program.
  • All rental properties are required to complete an I/I inspection prior to the scheduled 2017 renewal date, as well as correct any required repairs prior to the 2018 renewal deadline.
2) Adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as the guiding document for all rental inspections.  Please click on the link below for more information pertaining to the IPMC.  If you have any questions please contact the Housing Inspector at 651-552-4136.

3) 
Elimination of the third party inspection process and the implementation of a new in-house city led inspection processInitial inspection fees will be charged a $150 base fee plus $20 per unit.  Re-inspection fees will be charged $50 per unit.  All inspections will be coordinated through the City of West St. Paul.  Please contact the Housing Inspector at 651-552-4136 to schedule rental inspections.

4) Elimination of the Alternative Inspection Reports, with the exception of the HUD, Housing Choice Voucher inspection reports which will still be accepted in lieu of a city inspection.  If you have any questions regarding Alternative Inspection Reports please contact the Community Development Coordinator at 651-552-4144.

5) Implementation of mandatory Phase I: Management/Owner TrainingThe Rental Dwelling Ordinance now requires all landlords to complete Phase I: Management /Owner Training as part of the Minnesota Crime Free Rental Housing Program.  If either the Owner or the Property Manager completed the training in the past, a submitted certificate of completion will be accepted in lieu of taking the class.  If the Owner or the Property Manager have not previously completed the training, completion will be required before the 2017/2018 renewals (next renewal cycle).  Please contact the Crime Prevention Specialist at 651-552-4235 if you have any questions pertaining to the training.

6) Implementation of a Tiered Fee SystemThe new ordinance includes the implementation of a Tiered Fee System.  All 2016 renewals will be required to pay the current application base fee of $40 per building plus $10 a unit, however all future renewal application fees will be based on a tiered fee system according to the number of city service calls to the property during the previous 12 month period (city service calls include valid nuisance related police calls and code compliance cases pertaining to each property). 
  • Rental properties that have a low number of city service calls as quantified in the ordinance will receive a 20 percent discount on their application fees (“Category A”).  Rental properties that have a high number of city service calls as quantified in the ordinance will be subject to a 20 percent increase in application fees (“Category C”).  Those rental properties that do not meet the thresholds for “Category A” or “Category C” will pay the base fee of $40 per building plus $10 a unit (“Category B”).  If you have any questions relating to fees, please contact the Community Development Coordinator at 651-552-4144.
7) Changing the license term to a rolling calendar.  The new 12-month renewal calendar has been established and is available for viewing on the City’s website.  The listed renewal date(s) will be your new renewal date moving forward.  As with previous years, the City will continue to send renewal reminders two months prior to your renewal date informing each property owner of the specific units requiring inspection.  Each property owner will be required to schedule and complete all inspections with the City ahead of their respective renewal date.  If you have any questions pertaining to your property’s renewal date and/or see any errors pertaining to your property (i.e. property not listed) please contact the Community Development Coordinator at 651-552-4144.

8) Revised Rental License Application. The newly revised Rental License Application now requires a valid email address for all property owners, both new and existing.  Moving forward, the City of West St. Paul will be utilizing email and similar technology more frequently. 


Links to the approved Ordinances:
Rental Dwelling Ordinance, Chapter 150

Link to the International Property Maintenance Code:
International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)

 
New Inspection Forms:
Inspection Form

Inspection Fees:
Rental Inspection Fee Schedule

Mandatory Phase I: Management/Owner Training:
http://www.mncpa.net/


Please contact City Staff if you have any questions regarding the approved changes or regarding the IPMC inspection process.