St Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Program

The St Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing (TISH) report is for "disclosure only" and is intended to provide basic information to prospective buyers of the observed conditions of a dwelling. All single-family, duplex, condominium, and townhomes are required to have a TISH evaluation completed prior to the marketing of a property for sale. Properties that have three or more units, commercial, and mixed-use buildings do not require a TISH.

You may hire a TISH evaluator through a realtor, agent, or independently as long as the evaluator is licensed by the City of St Paul. TISH evaluators are not employees of the city and as such, fees for services are set by each evaluator or their employer.  The city also will not recommend an evaluator. Click on the above tab “Schedule A TISH Inspection” to find the list of licensed evaluators.

The only item that is required in single-family dwellings is the presence of an operational hard-wired smoke detector/alarm (HWSD/A).  See Chapter 58 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code.  If one is not present or is not operational, it will be marked on the report as a Hazard. The owner/seller will receive a letter from the City of Saint Paul Senior Electrical Inspector indicating they must hire a licensed electrical contractor who is required to pull a permit to install a HWSD/A. Once the alarm is installed, the electrical contractor must call the electrical inspector to finalize the permit as being in compliance.  While a HWSD/A is not required in duplex, condominium, or townhome dwellings, they are highly encouraged.

Program Highlights

  • A TISH disclosure report is required to be available for viewing by any potential buyer within three calendar days of the listing of the property for sale.  The report is good for one year, or 365 consecutive days, from the date of its issuance and is valid for only one sale by the owner listed on the report. 
  • An alternatively accepted inspection report may be a valid Certificate of Code Compliance or a current Certificate of Occupancy.  Either certificate is also only valid for one year, or 365 consecutive days, from the date of issuance or date of last inspection. 
  • A TISH is not necessary for the sale of a property to Immediate Family. This includes those persons legally related to each other in a linear relationship such as grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, and siblings. Immediate family does not include branching relationships such as aunts, uncles, or cousins. 
  • Time of sale is considered to be the acceptance of an offer, written or oral, to sell or otherwise change the ownership of a property, including a contract for deed, by the owner or agent of an owner of that property.  If a closing is scheduled for after the expiration date of a TISH, a new report is not required as long as such offer is made within the 365 days of the date of the report.
  • A TISH evaluation is required for properties listed as a Category 1 vacant building prior to a sale.  Properties listed as Category 2 and Category 3 require a code compliance inspection be performed and have a separate set of requirements regarding the sale of such properties. See “Vacant Buildings” for complete information. 
  • Per Section 189.19, the failure of any owner or agent of an owner or agent of a buyer to comply with the provisions of Chapter 189 shall be a misdemeanor.
  • It is in the best interest of any buyer to hire their own independent home inspector to determine all deficiencies before closing on the purchase of a property.

St Paul Legislative Code Chapters relevant to the TISH Program:

Chapter 189. - Truth-in-Sale of Housing
Chapter 58. - Hard-Wired Smoke Detectors
Chapter 39. - Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Certain Buildings
Chapter 34. - Minimum Property Maintenance Standards for All Structures and Premises
Hard-Wired Smoke Detector/Alarm Requirements


St Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Board

The TISH Board meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of January, April, July, and October from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
To become a member of the TISH Board, apply through the Mayor's website: Boards and Commissions

General Inquiries
Email
Phone: 651-266-8989
Fax: 651-266-1919

Department of Safety and Inspections
375 Jackson St, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Mon-Fri)

Last Edited: May 28, 2021