On Monday, June 27, 2022, the city of Champlin passed an ordinance limiting the ability to obtain a rental license to only 10% of single-family lots on any block. This is an appendment to article 2 of chapter 30 of the city code establishing a Rental Density Cap for single-family residential dwellings (see ordinance). The amendment applies in R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4 zoning districts.
The council passed the ordinance via 5-0 voice vote on second reading and did not hold a public hearing or take public any input.
Minneapolis Area REALTORS® has a standing public policy position against Rental Density ordinances. MAR opposed the ordinance and submitted a letter pointing out impacts to owners’ private property rights and disparate impacts to communities of color, who are more likely to be renters. “The city of Champlin has effectively and arbitrarily canceled the private property rights of 9 out of 10 homeowners per block throughout the entire city. The right to rent your home is fundamental to homeownership. The resulting ordinance is very likely susceptible to future legal challenges,” said Eric J. Myers, Director of Government Affairs, Minneapolis Area REALTORS®.
REALTORS® should advise buyers and sellers in Champlin their right to let for rent single-family property is subject to restriction and not guaranteed, as in other cities.