City Council approved the definitions below on April 6, 2022. These definitions are final upon mayoral approval and publication. The definitions are listed here to provide context to the rules, process, and forms.
Sec. 193A.03. - Definitions
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purposes of this chapter, have the meanings indicated in this section.
- Change of Occupancy. A change in occupation of the Rental Unit from one Tenant to another Tenant.
- City. The City of Saint Paul.
- Code. The Saint Paul Legislative Code.
- Housing Services. Housing Services include but are not limited to repairs, maintenance, painting, light, hot and cold water, elevator service, window shades and screens, storage units, kitchen, bath, and laundry facilities and privileges, janitorial services, utilities that are paid by the landlord, refuse removal, furnishings, telephone services, vehicle parking spaces, the right to have a specified number of occupants, and any other benefit, privilege, or facility connected with the use or occupancy of any rental unit. Housing Services to a Rental Unit shall include a proportionate part of services provided to common facilities of the building in which the Unit is contained.
- Landlord. An owner of real property, a contract for deed vendee, receiver, executor, trustee, lessee, agent, or other person directly or indirectly in control of rental property.
- Local Housing, Health, and Safety Codes. Any building, fire, housing, health, safety, or other similar code, law, or ordinance promulgated or enacted by the County of Ramsey and/or the City of Saint Paul, or any lawful agency or department thereof, which is applicable to a building in such city. Housing, health, and safety codes include, without any limitation on the foregoing sentence as a result of this specification, the provisions of chapters 33, 34, 43, 45, 49, 55, and 58 of the Code.
- Rent. All monetary consideration charged or received by a Landlord concerning the use or occupancy of a Rental Unit pursuant to a Rental Agreement.
- Rental Agreement. An agreement, oral, written, or implied, between a Landlord and a Tenant for the use or occupancy of any Rental Unit.
- Residential Rental Unit, Rental Unit, or Unit. Any dwelling unit, or portion of a dwelling unit, that is rented or otherwise made available for rent for residential use or occupancy, together with all Housing Services connected with the use or occupancy of such property. This term shall not include the following:
- Rental Units which a government unit, agency, or authority owns, operates, or otherwise manages;
- Rental Units in hotels, motels, inns, tourist homes, or other similar establishment which are rented primarily to transient guests for a period of fewer than thirty (30) days;
- Rental Units or other accommodations provided by a church, chapel, synagogue, temple or other similar place of worship; and
- Hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes licensed under Minnesota Statutes sections 144A.02 to 144A.10, boarding care homes licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.56, assisted living facilities or assisted living facilities with dementia care licensed under chapter 144G, or licensed or registered residential settings that provide or arrange for the provision of home care services.
Residential Rental Property. Residential Rental Property shall have the same meaning as Residential Rental Unit, Rental Unit, or Unit as defined in section 193A.03(i) of the Code.
Tenancy. The right or entitlement of a Tenant to use or occupy a Rental Unit under the terms of a Rental Agreement.
Tenant. A person who is occupying a Rental Unit in a residential building under a Rental Agreement that requires the payment of money or exchange of services, as well as other regular occupants of that Unit