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Relative Homesteaded Properties Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a relative homesteaded property in the City now required to have a rental license?

Why was the policy changed?

Who is required to pay this fee?

Are all relative homesteaded properties now required to have a rental license?

What will happen if I don’t fill out the rental application and send it in with the fee?

Do I have to fill out a rental license application or just have to pay the annual fee?

Will my property be inspected?

Can I get the application online?

I already have a rental license on this property. Do I need another one?

The letter said this is a relative homesteaded property. The record is wrong. It’s homesteaded and I live here. Who do I call to update this record?

Why do I need a rental license when I’m not charging any rent money for my relative living here?

This is a Contract for Deed property. Do I need a rental license?

When I open the envelope that was addressed to me, the address on the letter inside was for someone else. Can I disregard this letter?

On the back of the Rental License application, it said that I have to pay a $1000 Conversion inspection fee. Do I have to also pay this?

What about children who put their parent’s house in their name because the parent is disabled or elderly?

This is my second home, I’ve Homesteaded my other home. I have my relative live at this second home and I also stay here when I’m in town. Do I still need a rental license for this second home?

I still have more questions about this that 3-1-1 cannot answer. Who can I talk to?

Why is a relative homesteaded property in the City now required to have a rental license?

In years past, it was a policy decision from the Director of Inspections that a Rental License fee be waived when such properties had filed for a Relative Homestead with the City. The policy has changed and now any single family dwelling unit listed as a relative homestead must get a rental license. The annual fee is currently $69.

Why was the policy changed?

Relative homestead properties are operating as rentals so the rules governing rental licenses must be applied. Our core values are safety, health, and the livability of the City. Licensing rental units is the method Housing uses to ensure tenants have safe and healthy housing.

Who is required to pay this fee?

The owner of the relative homesteaded property is required to pay this fee, not the relative living at the property.

Are all relative homesteaded properties now required to have a rental license?

Yes. Homesteaded duplexes and triplexes are already required to obtain a rental license.

What will happen if I don’t fill out the rental application and send it in with the fee?

You will receive a $500 administrative citation if you do not comply by the due date. If you do not comply after receiving the first citation, you will be issued an additional $1000 administrative citation and your property will be posted as an unlawful occupancy to be vacated. After the vacate date, no one will be allowed to occupy the property until you apply for and receive a rental license.

Do I have to fill out a rental license application or just have to pay the annual fee?

You have to do both.

Will my property be inspected?

You will be issued a provisional license once we have received your completed application and the correct fee. Then your property will be inspected within our existing rental license schedule. A Housing Inspector will contact you by mail prior to any rental license inspection occurring.

Can I get the application online?

Yes, see the Rental License Application web page for more information.

I already have a rental license on this property. Do I need another one?

No, it was a mistake in the mailing. Please give me the address this is concerning, your name and telephone number so I can email it to Vu Tran. He will update his inspection records.

The letter said this is a relative homesteaded property. The record is wrong. It’s homesteaded and I live here. Who do I call to update this record?

Call the Assessor office at (612) 673-2382 to update your record.

Why do I need a rental license when I’m not charging any rent money for my relative living here?

To allow someone to occupy your property, even when it is free of charge, while you as the owner are not living there, falls under the "to let" portion of the definition for when a rental license is required.

This is a Contract for Deed property. Do I need a rental license?

A contract for Deed, like any other deed, doesn’t take effect if you haven’t filed the deed with Hennepin County. You need to do this in person at the Hennepin County Government Center. Once that has been done, you then can contact the City Assessor’s office at (612) 673-2382 to homestead this property. Homesteaded properties are exempt from getting a rental license.

When I open the envelope that was addressed to me, the address on the letter inside was for someone else. Can I disregard this letter?

Please give me the address on the envelope and the address on the letter inside. This information will be emailed to Vu Tran at the Housing Inspection office and a new letter with the correct information will be sent out again with a new due date.

On the back of the Rental License application, it said that I have to pay a $1000 Conversion inspection fee. Do I have to also pay this?

No, the $1000 fee will be waived for all single family buildings with a Relative Homestead status regardless of when they applied for this status.

What about children who put their parent’s house in their name because the parent is disabled or elderly?

When an elderly or disabled owner has transferred ownership of the property to a relative as part of estate planning and continues to occupy with a Relative Homestead status, no rental license will be required.

This is my second home, I’ve Homesteaded my other home. I have my relative live at this second home and I also stay here when I’m in town. Do I still need a rental license for this second home?

Since you can only homestead one property at a time in Minnesota and you have homesteaded your primary resident elsewhere, this second home will need to have a rental license if you have someone else living here while you are not.

I still have more questions about this that 3-1-1 cannot answer. Who can I talk to?

You may call Vu Tran at (612) 673-5851 or Angie Hugen at (612) 673-5853. They are both District Supervisors in Housing Inspection Services who can help you with your additional concerns.

Last updated Sep. 6, 2012