The City of Robbinsdale has implemented a new Truth in Housing program which becomes mandatory May 1st. Robbinsdale will call this a Point of Sale program. The Robbinsdale Point of Sale program will be almost identical to the Hopkins Truth in Housing program. Below are the main points - this is a summary of the most important parts to know, but obviously does not include every detail about the program.
- When: By May 1st, all homes listed for sale are required to have a Point of Sale inspection performed. This includes one, two, and three family homes, condominiums, and townhomes.
- Exceptions: New construction homes, and sales to an owner or relative. For purposes of this exception, relatives shall be defined as a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandson, granddaughter, grandfather or grandmother
- Who: Inspections will be done by private evaluators who are certified with the City of Robbinsdale, such as myself. If repairs are needed, a Robbinsdale city inspector (Building Official) will inspect the repaired items.
- Repairs: Items identified as potentially hazardous to occupants will be marked as "RR" - Repair / Replace. The seller is responsible for correcting these items before selling, or in some cases the buyer may accept responsibility for the repairs.
I have been in contact with the City of Robbinsdale to provide input on this program and to clarify issues that have not been clearly spelled out in the ordinance or in the evaluator guidelines. Please contact me with any questions; if I don't know the answer, I'll find out.
Included below are links with specific information.
Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections