Tenant Notification Ordinance
On September 20, 2021, the Roseville Economic Development Authority (EDA) issued instructions to create a Tenant Notification ordinance, modeled after similar ordinances used in the cities of New Brighton and Brooklyn Park.
The purpose of a Tenant Notification ordinance is to provide housing stability, protection, and notification measures to tenants of rental housing during a period of ownership change. The draft ordinance would require a new owner to pay relocation benefits if the owner takes certain actions during a required three-month notification period and a tenant must move as a result of the new owner’s actions. Roseville’s draft ordinance would also require advance notice to the City before a rental property affordable to lower income households becomes available for sale so that it can make such information available to parties interested in purchasing the property with a goal of keeping rents affordable to lower income households.
These ordinances have requirements for mandatory relocation assistance if a new owner makes changes to the terms of a tenant's rental agreement within the 90-day notice period. These ordinances may also provide an avenue for the City to intervene to help keep rents affordable. A Tenant Notification ordinance would only apply to licensed rental properties (buildings of 5 or more units), as it is the only practical way to enforce the requirements.
Roseville staff engaged with renters, licensed multi-family property owners and managers, and housing advocates in August and September 2022. The draft ordinance, including feedback from engagement meetings, will be presented to the City Council during a work session to be held on October 17, 2022.
Additional inquiries and/or questions can be directed to Community Development Director Janice Gundlach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-792-7071.