*** NOTICE ***

On April 19, 2021, a federal judge temporarily enjoined enforcement of Saint Paul’s Tenant Protections Ordinance.  As of April 19, 2021, and until further notice, the City will temporarily cease enforcement of the ordinance’s requirements, including any rules previously posted.

Tenant Screening Guidelines

The Tenant Screening Guidelines policy ensures fair access to housing by creating uniform guidelines related to the use of  rental, criminal and credit history in applicant screening.

Security Deposit Limitations

The Security Deposit Limitation policy ensures equitable access to housing by limiting the upfront charges related to Security Deposits and Prepaid Rent.

Just Cause Notice Policy

The Just Cause Notice policy improves housing stability by ensuring owners establish one (1) of ten (10) Just Causes and provide renters with written Just Cause Notice when nonrenewing a renter’s Lease.

Advance Notice policy

The Advance Notice policy supports the preservation of affordable housing and addresses the displacement pressures renters may face during ownership changes by ensuring that current owners provide notice of proposed sale to the City of Saint Paul and renters before an *Affordable Housing Building is placed on the market and new owners provide a notice of sale after the transfer of ownership occurs, coupled with a Tenant Protection period.

Looking for the Advance Notice forms? Click on the "+" sign on the “Advance Notice & Notice of Sale” tab below and download forms under the Additional Resources section.

2020 Rent Affordability Limit

*The Advance Notice policy applies to Affordable Housing Buildings as defined below. Any rental housing building where twenty (20) percent or more of the units rent for an amount at or below the 80% Area Median Income (AMI) rent affordability limit. Updated annually by HUD.
# of Bedrooms 80% AMI
Efficiency $1,448
1 Bedroom $1,552
2 Bedrooms $1,860
3 Bedrooms $2,150
4 Bedrooms $2,400

The City will also make a Rights and Responsibilities packet and poster available to support owners and renters in understanding their rights, responsibilities, and the resources available to them. 

Download a flyer with information about the new tenant protections in multiple languages. 

S.A.F.E. Housing Contact Information


S.A.F.E. Housing Information Request Line: 651-266-6305

Last Edited: May 26, 2021