Rental License & Inspections


The purpose of the rental license requirements is to assure that all rental housing in the city is decent, safe and sanitary as well as operated and maintained so as not to become a nuisance in the community.

The beginning of each month a Rental Property List is posted containing a list of those who have obtained a rental license in the community.

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Richfield City Code Section 407 requires that all residential rental property be licensed and inspected.  The process to obtain a rental license include:

  • Owners of a rental property make application to the city for a license;
  • Schedule an inspection, in which a city inspector will conduct an inspection of the interior, exterior and common areas of the property.  Appointments for inspections will be made with the owners/managers in advance, to provide reasonable notice;
  • If a violation exists at the time of the inspection, a report will be given to the owner/manager, indicating the areas that need to be corrected and the timeframe in which the violation should be corrected; and
  • Licenses will be renewed on an annual basis.

New owners are required to provide tenants in affordable units a 3-month protection period Section 409. A notice must be sent to tenants within 30 days after a building transfers ownership. 

Summary of Ordinance and sample notice to tenants
Occupancy Limits for Dwellings and Apartment Units

Room Type  Room Area (in square feet)  Maximum Number of Persons
 Sleeping Room   70 or more but less than 120   1 per room
 Sleeping Room   120 or more but less than 180   2 per room 
 Sleeping Room  180 or more  3 per room
 Multiple Purpose Room(s)   At least one room 120 or more   2 per dwelling unit

For further details on occupancy limits refer to Section 405.15 of the City Code.

Owners of rental property are also responsible to ensure that the use of their property complies with the Richfield Zoning Code (Section 507.07, Subd. 45) for the definition of "Family".

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