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Rental Licensing and Inspections Program

All rental properties in the City of Osseo must be licensed and renewed every year. Please see Rental Licensing and Inspections Program for information and fees.

Rental inspections are done in accordance with the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC). The IPMC is consistent, comprehensive, and uses compatible property maintenance documents meant to be used with the other codes as adopted by the State of Minnesota. Prepared forms, checklists, and Certificates of Compliance are used to provide consistency and uniformity in licensing and inspection of rental properties. The Certificate of Compliance will be used to obtain a license -- which will ensure that all rental properties meet the provisions of the IPMC prior to licensure.

Licensing and Inspection Process:
Single family, duplex, triplex, townhome, and condo units with Certificates of Compliance receive rental license renewal applications in August. Completed renewal applications and fees are due by September 30 of each year. Licenses are issued once approved. Inspections for the next cycle will be completed early in the following year. To convert an owner-occupied property to a rental property, an application and conversion inspection must be completed before a rental license can be issued and the property offered for rent.

Small and large apartments with Certificates of Compliance receive rental license renewal applications in May. Completed renewal applications and fees are due by June 30 of each year. Licenses are issued once approved. Inspections for the next cycle will be completed later in that same year.

All single family, duplex, townhome, and condo rental property is inspected annually and a third of all apartment units will be inspected annually (100% of a building every three years). Common areas and boiler rooms in apartment buildings are inspected every year. Please note that the owner or owner’s representative must be present for all inspections and proper notice of the inspection must be given to the tenant by the owner.

See Section 151 of the Osseo City Code for more details. The purpose of this section is to clarify the expectations of property owners in order to provide safe, structurally sound, and well-maintained rental facilities in the City of Osseo. The City partners with RWL Inspection Service to provide rental inspection services. 

Rental Inspections are completed by:

Roger Lenz
RWL Inspection Service

For information on Landlord and Tenant laws, please visit the Minnesota Attorney General website www.ag.state.mn.us.

For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant Karen Broden by email or by phone at 763.425.2624, ext. 101. 


Homestead Filing with Hennepin County


Homestead applications due December 15

Apply online for properties in Hennepin County

Property owners in Hennepin County have until December 15 to complete a homestead application for 2019. Eligible applicants must have moved into their home on or before December 1, 2018. 

Hennepin County offers an online filing application, and all of the details about homestead applications are at hennepin.us/homestead.

Submitting a homestead application may qualify the property for a reduced classification rate, reduced taxable market value, property tax refund, and special program eligibility.

File a homestead application.

Some relatives may also qualify to file for homestead. 

Once homestead is granted, it is not necessary to reapply in subsequent years. In some circumstances, the Assessor's office may request verification.  

If a property owner sells, moves, or for any reason does not qualify for the homestead classification, they should notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

Property owners can contact the Hennepin County Assessor to answer any questions at 612-348-3046 or assessor.ao@hennepin.us.



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Truth in Housing

As of January 2016, a Truth in Housing inspection is no longer required prior to the sale of homes in Osseo.