Rental Housing License
The City of Inver Grove Heights has a rental licensing ordinance which requires all rental property owners (including apartments, townhomes, and single family residences that are being rented) to obtain a rental license every two years. The purpose of the ordinance is to assure property maintenance of structures so as to preserve neighborhood stability, protect the quality of existing rental housing stock, and maintain property values. The ordinance provides for basic safety and living standards for rentals. Rental property owners will also have to comply with the International Property Maintenance Code. That code provides minimum standards for building maintenance, property maintenance, light, ventilation, pests, garbage collection, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire safety.
- Single-Family and Townhome: $50
- All other rentals: $150 per building plus $15 per unit
- Investigation (internal City use, NOT BCA Background): $25 per license
Inspections can be performed upon request. Here are some issues that may result in a city inspection:
- Leaky plumbing
- Missing smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
- Inoperable doors or windows
For questions regarding the ordinance, rental property code, licensing process or to request an inspection, please email the Rental and Code Compliance Coordinator Nicole Cook for call 651-450-2491.
Resources for Landlords
- Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities Per the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office: The rights and duties of landlords and tenants in Minnesota are spelled out in federal law, states statutes, local ordinances, safety and housing codes, common law, contract law, and a number of court decisions. These responsibilities can vary from place to place around the state. Certain rights and duties apply to landlords and tenants everywhere in Minnesota. To obtain the guidebook to Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities, please visit www.ag.state.mn.us/Consumer/Handbooks/LT/default.asp or contact the Minnesota State Attorney General’s Office at 651-296-3333 (TTY: 651-297-7206).
- The Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA): MHA is a state-wide nonprofit trade organization. With nearly 2,100 members representing more than 250,000 housing units throughout Minnesota, MHA is the voice of the state's multi housing industry. www.mmha.com.
Emergency Housing Services (Dakota County Housing Crisis Line)
Dakota County residents may call the Housing Crisis Line at 651-554-5751 if they need:
- Emergency shelter
- Assistance to prevent eviction
- Information on community housing resources and referrals
Connect with the Right Agency
- For families and single adults: call the Dakota County Housing Crisis Line at 651-554-5751 and press 1 to be directed to Dakota County Intake.
- For youth: call the Dakota County Housing Crisis Line at 651-554-5751 and press 2. You will be directed to The Link.
- For domestic violence or sexual assault victims: call the Dakota County Housing Crisis Line at 651-554-5751 and press 3. You will be directed to 360 Communities’ Lewis House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
How the Housing Crisis Line works
- Step 1: Resolve the crisis
- Intake staff will work with you to best resolve your housing crisis.
- Prevent an eviction
- Access emergency shelter
- Explore alternative resources
- Step 2: Complete an assessment
- If you are placed in an emergency shelter or are placed on a shelter waiting list, an assessment will be done completed to determine your ongoing needs.
- Step 3: Connect to a housing opportunity
- Once assessed, your name will be placed on a central Housing Waitlist. You will be matched to a housing resource that best meets your needs when one becomes available.
Additional Resources Housing Resources for Residents
- Dakota County Community Development Agency: The CDA offers a variety of housing and rental assistance programs for eligible residents. Call 651-675-4400 or visit https://www.dakotacda.org/housing-resources
- Dakota County Senior Housing Program: The Dakota County CDA provides a Senior Housing Program which offers affordable rental housing. www.dakotacda.org/housing-resources/senior-housing
- People Inc. Street Outreach: A service to connect people living outside (in vehicles or camping) to connect with Housing Crisis services, please call 651-249-1195. www.dakotacda.org/housing-resources/senior-housing
- HOME Line: Provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems: www.homelinemn.org. For English: 612-728-5767, For Spanish: 612-255-8870, and For Somali: 612-255-8860
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Know your rights as a tenant. HUD handles complaints about housing discrimination, problem landlords in federal housing, and many other issues. www.portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/minnesota/renting/tenantrights.
- Legal Topics Related to Housing: Look through several legal topics related to housing including evictions and lockouts, ending a lease, security deposits and more. www.lawhelpmn.org/