Rental housing inspection program

Licensing and inspecting rental units

Well-maintained multi-family housing on a summer's day.
Well-maintained rental property preserves the value of land, buildings and the quality of life for renters.



On May 5, 2014, the City Council adopted updates to the City’s Rental Housing Code.  Click here to see the Rental Housing Code.  The updates, which include changes to license fees, exemptions, criminal history check, disorderly language provisions, local agent requirement and tenant list are effective May 15, 2014.  Click here to see details of the changes or review full code link at top of the paragraph..


How the program works

The Residential Rental Property Program consists of inspecting and licensing:

  • Single-family homes.
  • Condominiums and townhouses
  • Duplexes.
  • Multi-family buildings.
  • Housing with services

Environmental Health Inspectors annually examine both the interior and exterior of all rental property within Bloomington. They respond to citizen complaints concerning rental housing and systematically inspect the exterior of rental units throughout the year.


Licensing and inspection of rental properties

Bloomington requires that every rental dwelling must have a rental license, unless it is specifically listed as a license exemption (BCC Sect. 14.570 external link).

The focus of the Rental Property Program is to maintain the quality and stability of rental dwelling units which will preserve the value of land and buildings throughout Bloomington. Rental housing conditions that adversely affect or are likely to adversely affect the life, safety, general welfare and health of renters can be corrected and prevented by enforcing minimum standards within the city.


Rental dwelling requirements, licensing and resources




File a complaint

The City wants to maintain the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Select a method below to file a residential, commercial, or rental property complaint.


2014 Changes to rental housing code

  • Adopts the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code.
  • Homestead license exemption.  No license is required when the owner or qualifying relative for homestead purposes resides in the home.  This means an owner may rent to 3 individuals as long as the total number of people is 4 or fewer (adults and minor children) and all share the kitchen living together as a functional household.  (Other examples:  2 owners can rent to 2 other individuals or 2 owners + 1 child can rent to 1, etc.).
  • Maximum of four unrelated or one family.  Up to four unrelated people or one family may occupy a dwelling unit unless the property owner or management company has stricter standards. 
  • Criminal history inquiry of prospective tenants.  Owners must conduct a seven year criminal history check before leasing.
  • Written lease with disorderly behavior and nuisance conduct addendum.  All new or renewed leases after January 1, 2015 must be in writing and contain provisions regarding disorderly behavior and nuisance conditions (grossly unsanitary living conditions). Example Addendum.
  • Local agent.  When the rental property owner does not reside in the seven county metro area, an agent living in the seven county metro area is required.  The seven county metro area is Hennepin, Ramsey, Carver, Scott, Dakota, Washington and Anoka counties.  All new and renewed license applications require the name, address and telephone number of property owner’s agent.
  • Tenant register.  The property owner is required to maintain a list of names of all persons residing in each unit; tenants and the tenants’ long term guests.


For more information, contact:
Environmental Health Division
PH: 952-563-8934, Fax: 952-563-8949



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