Rental Property License Requirements
Our objectives are to maintain
quality rental units within the city and protect the health, safety and welfare
of renters. No person shall operate a rental dwelling without a Rental Dwelling
No person shall operate a rental
dwelling unit without first having obtained a rental dwelling license from the
city. The license shall be issued once every two (2) years, and will require a
maintenance Inspection to be done before the license is issued. License
renewals for the following years shall be filed 2 months (60 days) prior to the
license expiration date.
Who Needs a License?
Licenses shall be issued for a
single rental dwelling unit in the case of a free standing dwelling, a Manufactured
home, a condominium, a townhouse, a duplex, triplex and/or four-plex rental dwelling
unit; or for an apartment building.
license is not required for dwelling units occupied by an immediate
relative. For the purpose of this exemption, relative shall be defined as parent,
child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, step-child, step-grandparent,
or step-grandchild. The city of Lexington requires sufficient written proof
from the owner stipulating the relationship and living agreements including but
not limited to a signed affidavit from the property owner. In the case where an
immediate relative occupies one unit of a multi-unit dwelling, the additional
unit(s) must still be licensed and inspected.
When more than one building
containing rental dwelling units exists on one premise, a separate license
shall be required for each building.
What Happens If I Don’t Get a Rental Dwelling
Any person that maintains a rental
dwelling unit without having either a valid temporary permit or a valid
operating license, or permits new occupancy in violation of this subdivision,
is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to criminal sanctions, the City may
impose an administrative fee in an amount set in the City Fee Schedule and may
give notice of intent to cease providing city services to the dwelling unit. An
administrative fee may be appealed pursuant to Section 15.180. Upon the failure
to successfully appeal an administrative fee within the period established in
Section 15.180 the City may post the dwelling unit as illegal for habitation,
and cease providing city services to the dwelling unit. Thereafter, the
dwelling unit may not be occupied by anyone other than the primary homestead
owner and that person’s immediate family until (a) the administrative fee has
been paid, (b) city services are restored, and (c) a rental license is obtained
or the City is satisfied that the dwelling unit will not be used as a rental
dwelling unit. Each day of each violation constitutes a separate offense. The
full Rental Licensing ordinance can be viewed here chapter 15 section 15.107 Rental Dwelling Licensing Code.
A rental license application
packet can be obtained at City Hall or you can download one below. Included
in the packet of information are the application, Certificate of Compliance from the Dept. of Revenue & the MN Workers Compensation agency the Crime-Free/Drug-Free
Housing lease addendum, Affidavit of No Longer A Rental Property (if needed) and the pre-inspection checklist. The lease addendum is for your use only and is not currently
required to be returned to the city.
A rental dwelling license application is required to be submitted with
the appropriate fees to the City of
The application must be completed with the owner’s name, mailing address,
phone number and email address.
A local agent is required if the property owner lives outside the Twin
Cities 7 county Metropolitan area.
A compliance inspection is scheduled for the property once a completed
application and fee are received.
The owner should contact the Permit Technician to schedule this inspection.
For questions on rental
dwelling license applications or for more information on rental licensing, please call 763-784-2792, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.
Rental Dwelling License Fees: New & Renewal
Application and Inspection fees
must be paid when the application is submitted. A complete copy of the Lexington
Rental Ordinance is available upon request or can be viewed online here please see section 15.107
What You Need to Know
Once your application has been submitted with accompanying
fees, you must contact the city to schedule an inspection. (State statute requires the owner or agent to contact the tenant prior
to the inspection.)
The owner/agent/owner’s representative is required to be at the rental inspection. If one fails to meet the inspector a no show for inspection fee will be charged.
of the rental inspection, if there are items to be corrected, a copy of the
compliance order is given to the owner, owner’s representative, or agent with a
time limit to comply with the order and schedule a reinspection. Once the
rental dwelling has passed inspection, and all fees have been collected, a
Rental Dwelling License will be issued.