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.

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1. How much does a license cost?
2. Are inspections still being scheduled during the COVID-19 pandemic?
3. Where can I go for assistance for my rent payment?
4. Can I still apply for a license during the COVID-19 pandemic?
5. How can I pay for my rental license?
6. What if I already had an inspection and have made the corrections requested?
7. What is a rental inspection and licensing program?
8. Why does the city need this program?
9. How many rental properties does Edina have?
10. Do other cities have a program like this?
11. Doesn’t the city already inspect apartments and other rentals?
12. How often will properties be inspected?
13. Who will be doing the inspections?
14. What kind of things will they look for?
15. What happens if a problem is found on inspection?
16. What happens if a landlord doesn’t apply for a license?
17. I don’t own any rental properties. Are my taxes paying for this program?
18. When does this licensing begin?