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Rental Property Required
Heating Certification and Inspections

To help protect Minnesota tenants and their rights to warm shelter during the harsh Minnesota winter months, the State of Minnesota and most city governments have enacted rules to keep rental housing warm and safeguard tenants from potentially compromised equipment.

Contact Owens Companies to have your property inspected.

The Minnesota Minimum Housing Code* addresses the heating requirements for your rental property:

Heating facilities shall be turned on and maintained at a minimum temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit between October 1 and May 1.


Rental property owners must obtain a heating certification to rent their properties legally.

This certification process begins with a comprehensive inspection conducted by a certified and licensed heating technician.

Owens Companies provides certified heating inspections for rental properties.

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Rental property inspections require:

  • The heating system(s) must be in proper working order.

  • Must be capable of maintaining a minimum temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit throughout all habitable rooms when the outside temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • The inspection covers all components of the heating system, including furnaces, boilers, radiators, and other related equipment.

  • The heating certification must be renewed every three years, or upon upgrade to the system, to ensure continued compliance.

  • Property owners are responsible for scheduling re-inspections and submitting renewal applications on time. Failure to maintain or renew the certification can lead to fines, legal consequences, or the revocation of the rental license, potentially leaving tenants without adequate heating during critical periods.

  • Once the heating system passes the inspection process, the property owner can apply for the heating certification using the required forms provided by the city where the property resides.

The Cost of certified rental property inspections are as follows:

For Gas-Fired furnaces and boilers:

$350 per unit, and $250 for each additional appliance within the structure.

For Oil-Fired furnaces or boilers:

$475 per unit, and $350 for each additional appliance within the structure.

Through these rigorous heating certification requirements, the Minneapolis and St.Paul Metro area and surrounding communities aim to safeguard the health and comfort of their residents, ensuring all rental properties meet high living standards year-round.

Request A Rental Property Inspection

Rental Property Inspection Form

*MN Statute 504B.161 Subd. 1 (a) (5). This law requires landlords to "supply or furnish heat at a minimum temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit from October 1 through April 30, unless a utility company requires and instructs the heat to be reduced."

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