Renting in Hopkins

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Rental property makes up approximately 60 percent of Hopkins' housing.

License Required

The City of Hopkins requires an annual license for all premises rented in whole or in part as a dwelling unit. This ensures that the City of Hopkins has inspected or will be inspecting the property (in accordance with the City's rental inspection program). It is illegal for property owners to lease residential property in Hopkins without a license.

Note to Renters

Ask to see a copy of the City of Hopkins Rental License associated with the property you are considering renting.

Looking for resources? Check out our Resources for Renters brochure (PDF).


Tenant Hotline: 612-728-5767 or 866-866-3546

HOME Line is a Minnesota nonprofit tenant advocacy organization that provides free legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their rental housing problems.

Callers will get accurate information about rental housing laws and learn what they can do to enforce their rights as renters. Any Minnesota tenant (outside of Minneapolis and St Paul) may call and the service is free.

Property Maintenance Inspections 

All rental properties are subject to inspection ( ) a minimum of every three years. Inspections include the interior and exterior of the structure, all accessory structures, including retaining walls, fences and  the entire premises (driveways, yard, vehicles).

Rental Property Complaint Inspections 

Property maintenance issues at rental properties are to bereported in writing to the property owner or property manager before reportingit to the City of Hopkins. If the tenant has reported the issue(s)verbally,  please put the work request in writing,keep a copy of it for your records and allow a reasonable amount of timefor them to address the issue(s). The City of Hopkins may be copied on thewritten notice. If the owner or manager donot address it in a timely manner, acomplaint may be submitted to the City of Hopkins Code Enforcement Officer  and acomplaint inspection may be initiated by the City. An inspection conducted, ifviolations of minimum property maintenance code standards found, correctionorders issued and a re-inspection will be conducted to ensure compliance. Ifthe correction is not made either a final notice will be issued or anadministrative citation issued. This inspection policy does not apply to imminenthazards*, which should be reported to the property owner and if immediateaction is not taken contact the Hopkins Code Enforcement Officer ( at952-548-6323 or Inspections Department ( at952-548-6320. 

*Imminent hazards include but are not limited to: gas leaks,shock hazards, structural failures or impending collapse, lack of running wateror sewage service, lack of electricity, lack of heating facilities duringwinter months and similar conditions posing a significant hazard to the life orhealth of the occupants.