New Tenant Protections in Saint Paul (decorative image)

The S.A.F.E. Housing Tenant Protections are a set of five stable, accessible, fair, and equitable policies for the City of Saint Paul. The following policies will be effective on March 1, 2021.

  • Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Information: The Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Information policy ensures tenants and landlords know their rights, responsibilities, and what resources are available to them. The City will make a packet and poster available in multiple languages online with this information.
  • Security Deposit Limit: The Security Deposit Limitation policy ensures equitable access to housing by ensuring tenants will not be required to pay more than a single month’s rent as a security deposit. It also includes a prepaid rent limitation that ensures tenants will not be required to pre-pay more than one month’s rent at move-in.
  • Tenant Screening Guidelines: The Tenant Screening Guidelines policy ensures fair access to housing by creating uniform screening criteria guidelines for applicants related to the use of rental, criminal and credit history.
  • Just Cause Notice: The Just Cause Notice policy increases housing stability by ensuring landlords provide just cause for nonrenewal of lease or termination of tenancy at the time notice is given. The policy includes just causes related to tenancy issues like nonpayment of rent or breach of lease,  as well as changes to the use of the property like an owner or family member choosing to occupy the unit.
  • Advance Notice of Sale: The Advance Notice of Sale policy supports the preservation of affordable housing and addresses displacement pressures faced by tenants. It ensures that a notice of a proposed sale be provided to the City and tenant before an affordable property is placed on the market as well as after the transfer of ownership occurs, coupled with a tenant protection period after the sale.​

Learn more about the S.A.F.E. Housing Tenant Protections here. Read the full text of City's Ordinance 20-14, passed on July 8.


Tenant Protections Implementation Committee (TPIC)

The TPIC will function as an ad hoc committee convened to support outreach, education and engagement related to the implementation of S.A.F.E. Housing Saint Paul. Committee members will serve for a term of 7 months (September 2020-March 2021). In partnership with Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) staff, the TPIC will offer their experience and expertise in relation to the following objectives:

  • Scope and define goals, key measurables and deliverables for successful implementation
  • Inform the policy rulemaking process for S.A.F.E. Housing Saint Paul as adopted
  • Support the creation of guidance and operationalization documents
  • Support the creation of training modules and webinar content
  • Inform and design a comprehensive engagement strategy
  • Monitor the effectiveness of implementation activities and initiatives prior to  policy effective date.

Application period: August 7, 2020 – August 24, 2020 (5 p.m. deadline)

Download the application form (.docx)

Applications can be emailed to:

Applications can be mailed to:                                              

Office of Financial Empowerment                                         
700 City Hall, 15 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Attn: Kirstin Burch

In the Summer of 2019, the Office of Financial Empowerment, Department of Planning and Economic Development, and City Council held a series of convenings with fair housing stakeholders to gain perspective on the housing barriers facing our community.  View a summary report of these meetings here:

Fair Housing Convenings Summary Report

Last Edited: August 13, 2020