Rental Housing Maintenance & Inspection

Rental Housing

Adopted in 1991, the City of Chaska rental dwelling ordinance is administered by the Chaska Fire Department through the Fire Marshal's office. This ordinance requires all rental dwellings to be licensed with the city and pass an initial inspection. The annual license renewal is due in January of each year. Inspections will then be required every two years following the initial inspection.

Purpose of the Program

  • To monitor the use, location, and amount of space for human occupancy
  • To oversee an adequate level of maintenance
  • To preserve the value of land and buildings throughout the city
  • To prevent housing conditions that adversely affect lives of renters including their physical, mental, and social well-being
  • To protect, preserve, and promote public health, safety, and general welfare
  • To provide for the administration and enforcement thereof
  • To provide minimum standards for basic equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, and thermal conditions
  • To provide safety from fire

Inspections

Inspections are scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Owners, managers, and tenants can schedule inspections by calling 952-448-2990.

All units within the dwelling will be inspected. Please help us by ensuring all the requirements listed below have been addressed prior to the inspection (this list contains examples of common issues found):

  • Use of extension cords for permanent wiring - Extension cords can only be used for portable appliances (toasters, televisions, electronics).
  • Multi-plug adapters - Multi-plug adapters are prohibited. Circuit protected power strips are allowed but must be UL 1363 listed. This listing can be found on the packaging as well as the back of the power strip.
  • Daisy chained power strips - Daisy chained power strips are prohibited. Daisy chaining is connecting multiple power strips together in a series.
  • Large appliances - All large appliances including space heaters, mini refrigerators, and chest freezers must be plugged directly into an outlet.
  • Missing or inoperative smoke detectors - Minnesota State Fire Marshal Smoke Alarm Fact Sheet.   
  • Missing or loose handrails - Structurally sound hand rails shall be provided on any steps containing three (3) risers or more. Porches, patios, and/or balconies located more than thirty (30) inches higher than the adjacent areas shall have structurally sound protective guardrails.
  • Missing or expired fire extinguishers - 1-A:10:B:C (minimum) fire extinguishers are required in all units. Multi-unit buildings have different requirements. Extinguishers must be certified by a licensed contractor or replaced annually. Extinguishers must be mounted in an accessible area using the packaged mounting bracket.
  • All bedrooms must be equipped with egress windows in accordance with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Statement of Policy for Escape Windows
  • Blocked fire sprinkler heads - Sprinkler heads need a minimum of 18 inches clearance. Do not hang anything on sprinkler heads or sprinkler piping, if exposed. Sprinkler heads cannot be painted and must be free of dust and debris.

Codes and Standards

The following codes and standards are used:

Fire Safety

Eighty percent of all fire deaths occur where people feel the safest - in their homes. Please protect your family by making sure your home is fire safe. Take fire alarms seriously. We are often called to a fire alarm activation at apartment buildings and find occupants still in the building. Modern fire alarm systems are very reliable, so please take them seriously and make sure you and your family have evacuated the building. In almost all cases, the Fire Department will be responding to the fire alarm and will give the all clear to re-enter the building.

For further information on rental housing inspections or ordinances, please call 952-448-2990.