- Public Health Division
- Rental Housing
Property owners who wish to rent out their multi-family/apartments and single-family home, duplex, townhome or condo must apply for an annual rental license. This requirement applies to any dwelling unit that is not owner-occupied. Apply for a rental license.
Click the link above to apply online or download the application (PDF).
Common Rental Housing Corrections handout (PDF).
For more information, contact Licensing Specialist Elena Roberts at 952-826-1656.
- How much does a license cost?
For a single unit (townhome, home, condominium), it’s $180. For a duplex (both sides rented), it’s $360. For apartments, it’s $180 plus $17 per unit. Licenses must be renewed annually at the same fee.
- Where can I go for assistance for my rent payment?
If you are a tenant and need help with rent, contact VEAP at 952-888-9616 or visit their website.
- How can I pay for my rental license?
You can pay online when applying or send in a check with your application.
- What if I already had an inspection and have made the corrections requested?
Please contact the Inspector that inspected the property. In some cases, pictures and short videos will be accepted during this time.
- What is a rental inspection and licensing program?
This program requires all rental properties in Edina be licensed. City staff will inspect the properties routinely to make sure they are compliant with fire and health codes.
- Why does the city need this program?
This program will help ensure rental properties are safe for tenants. Landlords and/or tenants may be unaware of potential hazards. Or properties might be fine, but the tenants might be doing something to endanger themselves or the property.
In some cases, tenants are aware their rental has serious issues, but are afraid to report the problem for fear of being kicked out, Hawkinson said. With the affordable rental vacancy rate at less than 1 percent in Edina, those tenants can’t take any risks. Often those are seniors on fixed incomes.
- How many rental properties does Edina have?
No one knows the exact number because previously there had been no licensing or registration program. A very rough estimate is more than 100 apartment complexes with nearly 6,700 units and more than 1,200 homes are rented in Edina.
- Do other cities have a program like this?
Yes. Minneapolis, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, St. Louis Park and Hopkins are among the cities that have rental licensing programs.
- Doesn’t the city already inspect apartments and other rentals?
Common areas of apartments buildings are inspected, but all other inspections have been complaint based. If no one complains, a problem can go unaddressed.
- How often will properties be inspected?
Single-family homes, condos and townhome rentals will be inspected every-other year.
Common spaces in apartment buildings will be inspected annually, and a third of the units will be inspected each year, so all the units will be inspected over a three-year period.
Inspections will be scheduled in advance to give landlords and tenants due notice and minimize inconvenience. Properties where violations are found may be inspected more often.
- Who will be doing the inspections?
Edina’s Health Division, which will run the program, has hired two inspectors for that along with another person to handle licensing and support.
- What kind of things will they look for?
Inspectors will look for functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors if required, adequate and unblocked escape routes, grills on decks, functioning plumbing and heating, safe wiring, mold, bugs, rodents and general sanitation.