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The City of New Brighton gave careful consideration to the establishment of this new program, and every effort was made to create a win-win solution for renters, property owners, and the City. The single-family home/duplex licensing process is a simplified version of the larger program that’s historically overseen the City’s multi-family buildings.
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The City already licenses all multifamily buildings in New Brighton. Expanding the licensing program will ensure that every rental unit in the City must be properly maintained and managed in order to be rented. By doing so, the City hopes to achieve legitimate, safe and healthy living spaces for landlords, tenants, and neighbors.
During an inspection year, the license cost for a single-family home (or one half of a duplex) will be $200, and a duplex that is fully rented will have a $220 license fee. In non-inspection years, the cost will drop to $50. Provided the unit(s) being licensed meet basic life, health, and safety standards, inspections will only be required once every three (3) years.
By only requiring inspections once every three years, the total license cost over a three year period can be kept to as low as $300. That cost spread out over 36 months means the maximum rent increase a landlord could justify based on this program is a little over $8 per month for a single unit, and approximately $4.50 per month for duplex units. The City’s Planning Commission, Equity Commission, and City Council all found this potential impact to rents was more than justified by the program’s benefits.
Inspections will be focused on basic life, health, and safety issues. Improvements will only be mandated when the health and safety of tenants is threatened by housing conditions or the lack of necessary equipment (i.e. smoke and carbon monoxide detectors).
The City’s inspector and landlord will walk the property together. While we will invite and encourage tenants to attend and participate in the inspection, their attendance will not be mandatory.
The main effect of this ordinance is the comfort knowing that rental properties are properly maintained, and that adequate recourse now exists for the City should problems arise. Existing “disorderly premises” regulations that previously only applied to licensed multi-family buildings will now apply to all rentals.
At this time, we are asking all landlords to apply for their 2023 license by December 31, 2022. Applications will be processed in January, and property inspections will occur from February through April. Late applications in year one may be subject to additional fees if received after March 31, 2023. Please visit the City’s Housing webpage at and select “Rental Licensing Programs” to obtain an application for your specific rental type.
Please visit City Codes to access all codes for the City of New Brighton. To view housing regulations specifically, scroll down to find the heading “Municipal Code,” and then open the link to “Chapter 13 – Housing.” The new regulations begin on page 13-22
Please contact our code compliance officer Scott Gigrich at (651) 638-2061, or email Scott at [email protected].