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Rental License Fees

Annual License Fee

Minneapolis uses a tiered rental license billing structure. The annual license fee for a rental dwelling license or provisional license is $70.00 for the first rental dwelling unit at a Tier 1 rental property, and increases based on the number of units in the structure or the higher tier of the property. 

2015 Rental License Billing Tiering Diagram

A property's tier is based on its rental history, and focuses primarily on the condition and maintenance of the property itself. More information about tiering and the criteria can be found here.

Conversion Fee

When a dwelling is converted to rental property or has not had a license for the past 12 months, it must be inspected for compliance with the Housing Maintenance Code. The fee for this inspection is $1000.00. This fee is in addition to the annual license fee. Buildings that are owned by a nonprofit entity, contain six or more dwelling units, or are newly constructed are exempt from the conversion fee. Pursuant to Minneapolis Code of Ordinances 244.1870(b), owners and agents who can present proof of attendance at a recognized fundamentals of rental property management course qualify for a reduced $750.00 conversion fee. Qualifying courses include:

Please be aware that proof of class completion must be presented at time of application in order to receive the discount.

Prorated Rental Licenses

The license fee is prorated by 50% for new owners who purchase their property after April 1st. A rental license must be obtained prior to renting or offering to rent the property.

New owners must apply for the licenses no later than 60 days after the closing date or an administrative fee will be charged. This administrative fee starts at $250.00 and increases by $20.00 for each additional unit.

Late Fee

All rental licenses expire on August 31st. The license must be renewed by this date.

A rental license renewal received after September 15th is subject to a penalty charge of 50% of the license fee.

Last updated Aug 5, 2015