Regulatory Services

Problem Properties Unit
Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2233

Problem Properties
Frequently Asked Questions

I received an intent to assess notice, what happens next?

I would like to pay and/or pre-pay pending assessments.

I would like to drop off an Appeal of Assessments?

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How can I figure out if a property has any assessments?

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How can I figure out if a property has a vacant building fee assessed or if it has been assessed to property taxes?

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How do I know if a building is on the vacant building registration list?

How do I know if my building meets the vacant building criteria?

How can I get my building off the Vacant Building Registration List?

How do I pay a Vacant Building Registration Fee?

What is a Restoration Agreement?

How do I enter into a Restoration Agreement?

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How do I know if a property is condemned?

What needs to be done to keep a property from being condemned?

When can I move back in to a condemned property?

I received an order to raze and remove building, what should I do?

I need to take care of a code compliance inspection.

How do I report a problem property?

How can I find out why my property was boarded?

Can I get in the building once it has been boarded?

Can I store items in a condemned property?

I got a letter about my property.

I no longer own of a property, but I keep receiving letters about it.

I received an intent to assess notice, what happens next?

The notice gives you an option to appeal and other information If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

I would like to pay and/or pre-pay pending assessments.

You may pay current or pending assessments at the MDR counter, located on 3rd floor of Public Service Center at 250 S. 4th St., Minneapolis. If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

Learn more about Special Assessments online.

I would like to drop off an Appeal of Assessments?

You may drop off appeals at the MDR counter, located on 3rd floor of Public Service Center at 250 S. 4th St., Minneapolis.

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How can I figure out if a property has any assessments?

For information on assessments visit the Special Assessments website or call (612) 673-2233.

Special assessments information for a specific address can be found through the Citys Property Information system.

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I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How can I figure out if a property has a vacant building fee assessed or if it has been assessed to property taxes?

You will need to call (612) 673-2233 to find out if there is an associated fee; however, be sure to first check the Property Information webpage to see if the property is registered as vacant. If it is NOT registered as vacant, there is no vacant building fee.

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How do I know if a building is on the vacant building registration list?

First, check the Citys Property Information system. If the building is registered as vacant, it will be noted at the bottom of the general information page for that address.

If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

How do I know if my building meets the vacant building criteria?

To determine if a property is eligible for the VBR program, see the Vacant Building Registration web page for a list of criteria.

If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

How can I get my building off the Vacant Building Registration List?

A building may be removed from the VBR list if it gets a Code Compliance Certificate or if it is legitimately reoccupied (with a Homestead or a Rental License); however, you may still owe current or past due Vacant Building fees. Call (612) 673-2233 to notify us that it is reoccupied. An inspector will go out to verify that it is occupied before the building is removed from the list.

How do I pay a Vacant Building Registration Fee?

You may drop off a completed Vacant Building Registration form at the MDR counter, located on 3rd floor of Public Service Center at 250 S. 4th St., Minneapolis.

Fee may be paid in cash or with a HUD Form as proof of the VBR payment.

If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

What is a Restoration Agreement?

If you owe a VBR fee, you may be eligible for a Restoration Agreement (pdf). The Restoration Agreement holds the fee in abeyance while the property is being restored.

If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

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How do I enter into a Restoration Agreement?

You must make an appointment, please call (612) 673-2233.

I am considering purchasing and/or inquiring about a property. How do I know if a property is condemned?

The City can condemn a property for being boarded if three or more boards remain on the building for more than 60 days or for maintenance issues. Check the Citys Property Information system to see if a building is condemned for boards or maintenance.

If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

What needs to be done to keep a property from being condemned?

A building that is condemned is considered unsafe to live in. Once a building is condemned, the owner must prove that problems have been fixed before anyone can live in or use the building. In most cases, you must go through a code compliance process.

An appointment is needed to pay a code compliance deposit.

For code compliance questions, call (612) 673-5805. For general questions, call (612) 673-2233.

When can I move back in to a condemned property?

Condemned properties require a code compliance inspection and follow up repairs before you can move in. You must have a final inspection and receive a certificate of code compliance prior to occupancy.

For code compliance questions, call (612) 673-5805.

I received an order to raze and remove building, what should I do?

The order gives you 30 days to demolish the house. If you choose to appeal the order, fill out the form enclosed with the order, and send it to us, along with a check for $300. A hearing will be scheduled.

If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

I need to take care of a code compliance inspection.

There are special rules for making boarded and condemned buildings livable, and for selling these properties, thus a code compliance inspection is needed.

For code compliance questions, call (612) 673-5805.

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How do I report a problem property?

Call Minneapolis 311 or learn more about reporting a problem property online.

How can I find out why my property was boarded?

There are many reasons a property becomes boarded. The City of Minneapolis can board a property if it is found open to trespass. In this situation, the City gives the owners 6 days to secure the property. If the owner fails to secure the property, it will be boarded by the City and the cost assessed to the taxes. If it remains boarded for more than 60 days, it can be condemned for being boarded. Call (612) 673-2233 for information on when or why your building was boarded.

See boarded building for more details.

Can I get in the building once it has been boarded?

If you own the property, you may enter the property. If the building was boarded by the City and you want assistance un-boarding it, you may call our contractor who will charge a fee to remove the boards and re-secure the property.

As the owner, you are also free to remove the boards and re-secure the property using standard methods (closing/replacing windows, securing/replacing doors).

See boarded building for more details.

Can I store items in a condemned property?

No, you cannot use a condemned property for storage. The building must be cleared. If you still have questions, please call (612) 673-2233.

I got a letter about my property.

When you get a letter (also called orders) about something that needs to be fixed on your property, your most important contact is the inspector whose name and phone number are at the bottom of the letter. That inspector is the person who has actually looked at the property and can answer questions about the specifics of your case.

Also see common notices placed on buildings.

I no longer own a property, but I keep receiving letters about it.

Please send us a written letter stating you are no longer the owner of the property and the date of title transfer. It would also be helpful if you can tell us if the property was foreclosed and the name of the new owner.

Send the letter to

Problem Properties Unit
250 th South 4 th Street
401 Public Service Center
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Last updated Jun 12, 2014