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A rental license will be required for all residential properties being let for rent, leased, or otherwise occupied as a rental in the City of Woodbury beginning January 1, 2024. This applies to single family homes, townhouses, condominium units. The rental licensure requirement remains for multiple dwellings such as apartments, senior living complexes, and similar structures or groupings of units.
Through the 2021 Housing Action Plan, Woodbury City Council adopted policy direction to move forward with the rental licensure program for the purposes of:
Yes, cities throughout the metropolitan area such as Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Oakdale and Maple Grove require rental properties to be licensed. Licenses help promote the continued health, safety and welfare of all residents who live in rental properties and in surrounding neighborhoods.
The program will require single dwelling residential properties currently being offered for rent to obtain a license by January 1, 2024.
To be notified of any updates to the rental licensing program, such as when the ordinance is adopted, how to apply when the City begins the licensing process, and more, sign up for InTouch notifications on the City of Woodbury website by clicking: Sign up for InTouch notifications and select "Rental Licensing Program Updates".
A single dwelling rental license for 2024 is anticipated to cost $80 annually. This fee applies to single family homes, townhouses, and condominiums. As the program becomes active, and if a new rental is added outside of the annual renewal period, the fee will be pro-rated.
The rental licensure period runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 of the license year.
When the expanded rental licensing program goes live, a rental property owner will be able to apply for a rental license in the following ways:
When a new license is applied for, or at each annual renewal, the Woodbury rental licensing program will require that the property owner complete a self-certification checklist during the rental license application process.
The self-certification checklist includes property maintenance items that will need to be certified by the property owner as being presently in good condition and in working order. If an item is identified as not being in good condition and in working order, staff will work with the owner/applicant to establish a timeline for correction of any deficiencies and scheduling of follow-up inspections as needed once corrections have been completed.
The city will not be conducting interior rental inspections of single dwelling units unless follow-up is required for a checklist item noted during the annual application process, for an outstanding violation, or if a code violation complaint is received.
All current single dwelling rental owners should obtain a license for their property prior to January 1, 2024. Rental licenses will require annual renewal. Applications for renewal must be received by the city no later than the date of expiration of the current license term.
Annually the City of Woodbury will send renewal reminders to current license holders with the contact information we have on file, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the license holder to renew the license. If a license is not renewed by the due date, late fees may apply.
Single dwelling rental units shall be inspected on an annual basis by the owner, or by another under direct authorization from the owner for compliance with the housing and property maintenance code. At the time of license application, the applicant will be required to submit a completed property maintenance checklist.
The annual physical inspection of the property can be completed by the property owner, or a party authorized by the property owner.
As the program rolls out in 2024, our focus is to work with residents, landlords, and tenants to educate them regarding the newly expanded program. Should a landlord fail to obtain a license, the City will reach out to the landlord and advise them a license is required at which time they will be required to obtain a license. Continued failure to obtain a rental license may result in remedies or penalties as provided within the ordinance.
Yes, if we receive a complaint about a potential code violation, a City of Woodbury code enforcement officer will work with the tenant and landlord to correct the violation(s), if confirmed.
No, there is no exemption for those who offer only a single residential property for rent in Woodbury. Every rental in Woodbury is treated from the same perspective that renting a property is a business, and doing so requires that certain responsibilities and standards be upheld.
We understand that some landlords that only own a single unit may benefit from the additional resources and guidance that the rental program can provide. For example, the property maintenance checklist, when implemented, may assist them in identifying property maintenance issues before they become severe and present the opportunity to perform preventative maintenance on their properties.
While engaging with community members, we also heard from residents who live adjacent to a rental property owned by a landlord who only owns a single property that has property maintenance issues. They felt such an exemption would negate some of the positive effects of the rental licensing program.
Short-term rentals do not conform to Woodbury City Code. The use of a property as a short-term rental is prohibited.