Rent Stabilization Appeal Hearings provide the forum for reviewing appeals of Department of Safety & Inspections (DSI) determinations on applications for an exception to the City's 3% rent increase cap. The hearing offers landlord, tenants, and other interested parties the opportunity to appeal and testify about the determination on these applications. The hearings are conducted by the Hearing Officer who makes a recommendation to the City Council. The Hearing Officer may recommend that the City Council reverse, approve, or approve in part, DSI's determination. Appellants not satisfied with the recommendation of the Hearing Officer also have the opportunity to be heard before the City Council if they wish to appeal further. 

Filing an Appeal of a Rent Stabilization Determination

Appeals must be filed no later than 45 days after the date of the Department of Safety & Inspection (DSI) determination on the application for an exception to the City's 3% rent increase cap. 

To file an appeal in person: fill out the appeal form in our office at the City Hall/Courthouse 15 Kellogg Blvd. West, Room 310 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

To file an appeal via email: download an appeal form below and email to rentappeals@ci.stpaul.mn.us, along with a copy of the order, and any evidence you would like the hearing officer to consider. You will need to mail the $25.00 filing fee separately (Check should be made to:  City of Saint Paul.) to:

Rent Stabilization Appeals
310 City Hall 15 Kellogg Blvd. West
Saint Paul, MN 55102


Application for Appeal Form-Hmong.pdf

Application for Appeal Form-Somali.pdf

Application for Appeal Form-Spanish.pdf

Scheduling Your Appeal Hearing

The date and time of the hearing for those applications submitted in person will usually be set at that time.  Mailed applications will be copied and returned to the appellant with the date and time clearly indicated on the form.  Generally, appeal hearings are scheduled one to four weeks after the application is submitted. Hearings are scheduled during the morning on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Hearings are held on Tuesdays; the schedule is typically the following:

What to Expect at the Hearing

For each appeal, City Staff will give a report and appellants will be given time to present information, testimony, or other documents. The Hearing Officer will consider these items to develop a recommendation for Council. The hearings are informal, but it is still expected that cell phones be turned off and both City staff and appellants will address one another respectfully. Please email rentappeals@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8568 with questions about the application or appeal process. 

If you need an interpreter for your hearing, please call 651-266-8568 to arrange.

Related Information

City of Saint Paul Rent Stabilization Program in the Department of Safety & Inspections

To learn about how to file, or the status of an application, visit DSI's website or email rent-stabilization@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8553.

City of Saint Paul Rent Stabilization Ordinance

Saint Paul Legislative Code Ch. 193A

Rental Housing Inspections

Fire Certificate of Occupancy Program: Renting Property


To notify the City about a suspected code violation or nuisance, contact DSI - Customer service report a concern or call 651-266-8989, who will then contact the correct department. 

Landlord and Tenant Rights & Responsibilities

Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Handbook (MN Attorney General)



Last Edited: February 6, 2023