Certificate of Approval

In order to close on the sale of your house, you must provide the buyer with the Certificate of Approval.

If no repair/replace items were noted in your Truth-in-Housing Disclosure Report, you will be sent a Certificate of Approval in the mail (we recommend that you take care of all "below code" items—however, you are not required to correct them).

If repair/replace items were noted in the report

You will be required to make the necessary repairs and/or replacements before closing on the sale of your house, unless you arrange with the buyer and the City of Hopkins to have the buyer correct the repair/replace items.

If YOU are making the repairs & replacements

You may call the Inspections Department at 952-548-6320 for information on necessary permits or certification of repair/replace items. This information includes:

  • whether the permits require a licensed contractor
  • how to arrange for the buyer to make the required repairs

Once the replacements or repairs have been corrected, they must be re-inspected and approved by the City of Hopkins Inspections Department. Once approved, you will be sent a Certificate of Approval.

If the BUYER is making the repairs & replacements

If the buyer chooses to sign an agreement with the City of Hopkins to perform the required repairs and or replacements, it is at the terms and conditions of the City of Hopkins Inspector.

The buyer may be required to provide the City Inspector with additional evidence of his/her financial ability to perform the necessary corrections. The agreement will state reasonable completion dates necessary to perform the repairs or replacements.

The referenced property must be unoccupied until the repair/replace items have been corrected and a City of Hopkins Inspector has verified completion.

Hazardous repair order appeals

Any owner of property, or other person directly and personally affected by any required hazardous repair orders, may either personally or through their representative make an appeal to the Truth-in-Housing Appeals Board. A non-refundable payment of $100 must accompany the appeal and must be filed with the Inspections Department within 30 days of the evaluation. Call 952-548-6323 for an appeals form.

Contacts

  • Code Enforcement Officer

    952-548-6323
  • Any questions concerning the content of the report should be directed to the Truth-in-Housing evaluator whose name and phone number appears at the bottom of the report.