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Robbinsdale Truth in Housing / Point of Sale Program

By In Robbinsdale Point of Sale Inspections, Truth-in-Housing On March 13, 2009


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 that 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.

Repair / Replace Items

Point of Sale Ordinance

Evaluator Guidelines

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections – EmailRobbinsdale Point of Sale Evaluator


About the Author

Reuben

Reuben is a second generation home inspector with a passion for his work. He grew up remodeling homes and learning about carpentry since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Reuben has worked for Structure Tech since it was purchased by Neil in 1997, and is now co-owner of the company. Reuben’s favorite customers are the ones who have a lot of questions; he grew up thinking he was going to be a school teacher because he enjoyed teaching others so much. In a sense, that’s a lot of what home inspections are about, so Reuben truly does what he loves. Reuben has an A.A. degree in liberal arts and has attended most of the Building Inspection Technology classes at North Hennepin Community College. Reuben and his wife are the proud parents of two young childen, Cy Alexander and Lucy Nicole, and have a German Shepherd named Stanley. With two young children Reuben doesn’t have much free time, but he still tries to play disc golf as often as possible during the summer. Reuben lives in Maple Grove, MN. Professional Qualifications / Memberships: *ASHI Certified Inspector *President, ASHI Heartland Chapter *Member, Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI) *Licensed Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator *Licensed Saint Paul Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator *Licensed Maplewood Truth-in-Sale of Housing Evaluator *Licensed Hopkins Truth-in-Housing Evaluator *Licensed Robbinsdale Point of Sale Evaluator *Affiliate Member, Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors

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2 Comments

  • Joe Houghton 1 YEAR AGO

    Thanks for keeping this up to date and informative. It makes my job as a listing agent much easier.

  • Brewer Caldwell 6 YEARS AGO

    Very informative article. These are always helpful updates. Keep up the good work.