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The Fire Inspection Division ensures all buildings and rental properties are properly maintained and comply with state and local building and fire codes. This division conducts on-site inspections, issues permits, approves occupancy and inspects fire disaster scenes. 

For questions about Fire and Rental Housing Inspections, call 952-949-8547.

LICENSING OF RENTAL PROPERTY
As of March 2, 2006, the City of Eden Prairie requires all rental property to be licensed and inspected to protect the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Below are two subdivisions from one of the City Codes that apply to the licensing of rental housing. Please review these subdivisions as well as the following rental housing codes: 5.72 Rental Housing License [PDF] and 9.11 Rental Housing [PDF].

SECTION 5.72 LICENSING OF RENTAL HOUSING
Subd. 1. Purpose. It is the purpose of this ordinance to protect the public health, safety and welfare of citizens of the City who have as their place of abode a living unit furnished to them for the payment of a rental charge to another by adopting licensing regulations for all rental dwellings in the City.

Subd. 3. License Required. No person, firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity shall operate a rental dwelling in the City without first having obtained a license. The license is issued each year and is valid until the date of expiration.

A rental property owner will receive a Rental License Certificate to post at their rental property or properties once a current Rental Housing License Application is submitted and the appropriate fee is paid. This is an annual process and the rental property owner is required to fill out a new application at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the current license which is by Nov. 1 of each calendar year. All applications must be filled out completely and submitted with the required fee as long as they are renting property in the City of Eden Prairie.

INSPECTIONS
The goal of the Fire Inspection staff is to visit each complex once a year and inspect every individual unit every four years. These inspections are conducted with property representatives present and the goal is to work with property owners, managers and tenants to ensure all fire and building safety codes are met.

Single Family Dwelling Rentals — Fire Inspectors work with property owners and the tenants to schedule inspections. These inspections normally take 15-20 minutes.

Multi Family Dwellings Rentals (Apartments) — Fire Inspectors work with property managers to schedule inspections of the buildings' common areas and individual apartments. We schedule apartment inspections at the same time property managers are conducting their inspections to help reduce the inconvenience for the tenants.

Common area inspections of all the buildings can usually be done in 2 to 3 hours and the individual apartment inspections normally take 5 to 10 minutes per unit.

COMMONLY FOUND INSPECTION VIOLATIONS

Single Family Dwelling Rentals

  • Cigarettes and other smoking material discarded improperly both inside and outside of property
  • Small and improper items used for ashtrays — we recommend using a tall metal type container ideally with sand and a lid
  • Candles or incense sticks placed on combustible surfaces
  • Smoke detectors not working, disconnected or batteries removed
  • No carbon monoxide detectors within 10 feet of sleeping areas
  • Attached garage wall (sheet-rock) compromised by attic access ladder openings, utility holes, etc.
  • Too much storage in home which creates egress and fire hazards
  • Hallways, doorways and windows compromised by furniture or storage
  • Door from garage to house is not self closing, door needs to close and latch from the open position
  • Extension cords used for permanent use, need to have appliances plugged directly into outlets or use protected power strip
  • Extension cords used for garage door openers
  • Flammable fuels improperly stored
  • Items stored on or to close to furnaces, hot water or space heaters, keep 36-inch separation
  • Plastic vent ducts used for dryer vents
  • Light bulbs missing from light fixtures
  • Improper electrical wiring
  • Electrical outlet, switch covers or junction box covers missing

Multi Family Dwellings Rentals (Apartments)

  • Cigarettes and other smoking material discarded improperly inside and outside of property
  • Small and improper items used for ashtrays — we recommend using a tall metal type container ideally with sand and a lid
  • Candles or incense sticks placed on combustible surfaces
  • Smoke detectors not working, disconnected or batteries removed
  • Barbecue grills or propane tanks found on premise, not allowed to use or store anywhere in these types of occupancies
  • Too much storage in apartment which creates egress and fire hazards
  • Items stored on or to close to furnaces, hot water or space heaters, keep 36-inch separation
  • Items stored in apartment hallways just outside tenants unit doors such as doormats, shoes, selves, plants and holiday displays, no items can be stored in these hallways
  • Items hung on or blocking sprinkler heads
  • Storage in underground parking garage stalls
  • Hallways, doorways and windows compromised by furniture or storage
  • Light bulbs missing from light fixtures
  • Flammable fuels improperly stored
  • Entrance/Exit doors not self closing
  • Trash-room doors and trash-shoot doors not self closing or latching
  • Self closing fire doors propped open
  • Emergency lights not working
  • Emergency Exit lights not working
  • Electrical outlet, switch covers or junction box covers missing
  • Extension cords used for permanent use, need to have appliances plugged directly into outlets or use protected power strip
  • Items stored to close or in front of electrical panels, sprinkler valve systems, keep 36-inch separation
  • Items stored in elevator room, state doesn't allow storage in these rooms

To learn more about landlords and tenants rights and responsibilities, or for lease questions or disagreements, contact the following:

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