Rental Property Inspections

Licensed rental properties in the City of Hopkins are subject to inspection a minimum of every three years.

Inspection point system

The City of Hopkins uses an inspections point system to help identify substandard dwellings (as defined in City Code Section 407.10) and to classify dwellings into three categories to determine how often a dwelling needs inspection. Deficiency points are associated with the severity of the deficiency as listed in the Rental Inspection Deficiency Point System.

  • Category A: Properties with a deficiency point average of 4 or fewer points; will be inspected on approximately a three-year cycle. It is in everyone’s best interest to pass the initial inspection and score in the Category A range so another inspection will not be done for approximately three years.
  • Category B: Properties with an average of 5 to 10 points; will be inspected on approximately a two-year cycle.
  • Category C: Properties with an average of 11 or more points; will be inspected on approximately a one-year cycle.

Inspection process

Approximately 30 days prior to the rental inspection, property owners and/or management companies will be contacted by the City of Hopkins to schedule an inspection time. The City will send out the Rental Inspection Deficiency Point System, along with a list of the most common repair orders (see below), so property owners, management companies, and tenants can prepare for the inspection. It is the goal of the City of Hopkins to have everyone prepared to pass the initial inspection.

What will be inspected?

For a complete list of what is going to be inspected, download the Rental Inspection Deficiency Point System. You may also want to view these lists:

Inspection fees (9-21-2010)

Inspection Fees
   Cost per building Cost per dwelling unit Inspected
Periodic Inspection Fee—Initial Inspection $65 $20
First Re-inspection $50 $50
Second Re-Inspection $75 $75
Each Additional Re-Inspection Double the previous amount. Double the previous amount.
Final Compliance Inspection $0 $0
Inspection Fees—Condominiums
   Cost per building Cost per condo unit Inspected
Periodic Inspection Fee—Initial Inspection Per Condominium $0 $45
First Re-Inspection $50 $50
Second Re-Inspection $75 $75
Each Additional Re-Inspection Double the previous amount. Double the previous amount.
Final Compliance Inspection $0 $0

Contacts

  • Administrative Assistant

    952-548-6320