Overview

On November 2, 2021, Saint Paul voters approved a Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance for the City of Saint Paul. A Rent Stabilization Stakeholder Group was convened by the City to research and consider enhancements to the voter-approved initiative. That group met from February through May, presenting its findings in June 2022; please find the group’s final report here. The Saint Paul City Council then worked to consider and shape changes to the ordinance. The amendments were brought forward in early August and approved on September 21, 2022.  

View text of the ordinance 

The revised ordinance continues to limit residential rent increases to 3% in any 12-month period while adding provisions that clarify terms such as “right to a reasonable return on investment” that were in the voter-approved ordinance. The amendment also creates a 20-year exemption for newly-constructed residential rental properties, among other changes.  

Key changes to the ordinance include: 

  • “Partial vacancy decontrol” allows landlords to increase rents by up to 8% plus inflation, measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI), after a “just cause” vacancy. 

  • Landlords must demonstrate a “just cause” vacancy to be eligible for the partial vacancy decontrol measures. 

  • Tenants will be notified by City staff when their landlord submits an application requesting an exception to the 3% rent cap. City staff will also notify tenants if the application is approved or denied. 

  • Tenants and landlords will have 45 days from the date of the City’s determination on the exception request to file an appeal.  

Additional information about how utilities will be considered in rental agreements, a list of what constitutes “just cause,” and definitions of terms may be found in the amendments to Chapter 193A related to rent stabilization.  

Planning For Implementation

The Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) is tasked with leading a cross-departmental group focused on implementing the revised ordinance. The department is charged with proposing rules and processes based on the new language, as well as overseeing educational efforts.  

The public comment period is now closed. The Department of Safety and Inspections is now reviewing comments and will publish the final rules, along with text addressing substantive concerns on the City’s website by Friday, December 30, 2022.  On January 2, 2023 the updated intake form will be available on the website for landlords to complete to formally request an exception to the limit on rent established by the ordinance.    

Questions

Check back here for updates. For questions or inquiries, please contact us by email at rent-stabilization@ci.stpaul.mn.us, or by phone at 651-266-8553.

Last Edited: December 2, 2022