Date last modified: July 8, 2014
Temporary offsite real estate open house and directional signs are not allowed on the right-of-way or they may be picked up. They may be placed on private property only with permission.
Hopkins has a time of sale housing inspection ordinance requiring a truth in housing disclosure report to be completed by an independent truth in housing evaluator certified to do business in Hopkins. Call the city for the most recent list of licensed inspectors. The ordinance requires inspection of all one to four unit dwellings including condominiums and townhouses. The Truth in Housing Disclosure Report must be available for review whenever the property is offered for sale.
The ordinance does include a section titled, Mandatory Correction of Hazardous Items. Items listed in this section must be corrected if noted on the disclosure report and re-inspected by the city housing inspector. You must bring a Certificate of Approval for the property for sale to the closing. You will not be able to close on the property without the certificate. If there were no items marked as Repair/Replace the certificate will be mailed to the property owner listed on the Truth-in-Housing Disclosure report. If there were repair/replace items found at the property the certificate will be issued to the seller at the time of the re-inspection.
Vacant Property Registration
Residential property which is vacant for more than 90 days must be registered with the City of Hopkins. This includes: a building in any residential zoning district which contains one to four dwelling units, which is unoccupied for 90 or more consecutive days; or an unimproved lot in any residential zoning district, located within 500 feet of an unoccupied house, where both lots are owned by the same owner. Exemptions may include: all dwelling units which possess a valid rental license (must show proof of advertising “for rent”), homes which are for sale (must show proof of advertising “for sale”), or extended vacationers of no more than 180 days with intent to reoccupy the property (city notification required).
Annual Fee: $500 first year, $1,000 each subsequent year.
Visit the city’s Vacant Properties website for more information and application forms.
The City of Hopkins requires an annual license for all premises rented in whole or in part as a dwelling unit. This includes: all apartment complexes, single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, double bungalows, rooming units, and owner-occupied double bungalows.
The License Fee is $50 per single family unit (including individually-owned condos or townhomes). For buildings with 3 units or more, the fee is $50 per building plus $7.50 per unit. Rental licenses must be renewed every year before October 31. License fees are doubled when an application is received more than 30 days after it is due.
For more information and application forms, visit the City’s Rental Licensing Website.