Truth in Sale of Housing
City of St. Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Program
The Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing disclosure report is an visual overview of the building components and fixtures. This required report is to inform prospective buyers of the observed condition of a dwelling at the time of the evaluation. The disclosure report is intended to provide basic information to the home buyer and the seller prior to the time of sale.
Prospective buyers may also seek additional opinions or more detailed inspections from various experts in the home inspection field prior to purchase.
The Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Program is "disclosure only," with one exception. The only item that must be remedied is the lack of a hard-wired smoke detector (HWSD - Item No. 39 on the Disclosure Report). If there is no HWSD present in the single family home then the owner/seller will be required to have one installed. (Installation must be done with an electrical permit, usually by a licensed contractor.)
This Truth-in-Sale of Housing disclosure report must be conspicuously displayed at the premises for all prospective buyers to see. A valid disclosure report, or an Alternatively Accepted* report, issued under the ordinance shall be provided to the buyer before or at the time of sale of the dwelling. Disclosure reports shall be prepared and signed only by an independent evaluator who has been certified as a Truth in- Sale of Housing evaluator under the ordinance. Reports are valid for one (1) year from the date of evaluation.The City of Saint Paul requires only one inspection (report) to be done and available on residential properties for sale. Inspection reports are only valid for one year (365 days) from the date of the inspection.
Alternatively Accepted Reports
“Alternatively Accepted” reports may be used in lieu of the Truth-in-Sale of Housing report. Either of these Alternatively Accepted reports must be less than one year old and meet the definition of an Alternatively Accepted City Inspection Report in the ordinance, Chapter 189.01.
- Letter of Code Compliance from the Department of Safety and Inspections Vacant Buildings Inspector
- Certificate of Occupancy (only on rental properties) from the Department of Safety and Inspections Fire Inspection Division
Saint Paul TISH Evaluators are private contractors, not employees of the City. The City maintains a list of licensed Evaluators. You may hire an Evaluator through a Realtor or agent as long as the evaluator you hire is licensed by the City of Saint Paul. The City will not recommend an Evaluator. The City does not monitor, regulate, guarantee or set the fees charged by Evaluators.
Truth-in-Sale of Housing Informational Documents
- 10 common TISH deficiencies
- TISH Requirements Chapter 189.03
- Exceptions to TISH Chapter 189.04
- Evaluation Validity Chapter 189.02
- Hard-Wired Smoke Detector Requirements
- Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements
- Vacant Building Sale Review Informational Packet 2016
- TISH Evaluation Complaint Form
Saint Paul City Ordinances relevant to Truth-in-Sale of Housing
Search City Code:
- "Chapter 189" for Truth in Sale of Housing
- "Chapter 34" for Minimum Housing Standards
- "Chapter 58" for Hard-Wired Smoke Detector
City of Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Board
The Truth In Sale of Housing board meets quarterly. The meetings are set by ordinance to be on the 2nd Wednesday of January, April, July and October. Meetings are held at the DSI Office from 4pm to 6pm. Contact the program administrator for details of any meeting.
To apply to be a TISH Board member, apply through the Mayor's Board's and Commissions Website
Truth-in-Sale of Housing General Inquiries
Department of Safety and Inspections
375 Jackson St, Suite 220
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Hours: 8am - 4:30pm (M-F)