The City of Eagan takes a lot of pride in being a great place to live, work, and play. One way we do that is by keeping our neighborhoods healthy. Doing so includes maintaining strong housing stock, creating diverse housing options, and ensuring safety in living spaces. City staff and council members continually evaluate, plan for, and create policies that reflect these values.
Eagan’s housing stock is mature, since much of our development occurred in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s and is reaching the point when significant maintenance is necessary. Moreover, the use of housing is shifting. In Eagan and in many other cities since the Great Recession, investors and corporations have been purchasing single-family homes for use as rental housing. In fact, including single-family and multi-family units, more than 25% of Eagan homes are now rented.
As homes shift from owner-occupied to rental, communities can sometimes see unintended consequences, including deferred maintenance and less attention given to safety features such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Maintaining safe housing for all Eagan residents, both homeowners and tenants, is a priority for the City.
The City wants to hear renters’ perspectives on a potential rental licensing program.