Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program (Minnesota)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Minnesota

Name Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Low-Income Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Varies depending on improvements needed

Maximum Incentive Single-Family and Two-Unit Structures: 25,000

Multi-Family: Lesser of 10,000/unit or 100,000/structure

Terms 6% interest rate with loan terms up to 15 years
6% interest rate with loan terms up to 15 years
Program Administrator Center for Energy and Environment

References DSIRE[1]


Note: This program is currently out of funds. A new round of funding is expected in the fall of 2013. The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program provides low interest financing for making energy conservation and other basic improvements to residential rental properties located in participating Minnesota communities. Loans exceeding $5,000 are evaluated on the basis of the building’s revenues, which must show a positive cash flow after rehabilitation. Loans of $5,000 or less may be evaluated on the basis of the borrower’s personal credit/financial status. A mortgage is required on loans exceeding $5,000.

To be eligible for the loan, the structure must require improvement to meet State Energy Conservation Standards for Rental Housing. Mixed-use (commercial/residential) structures are eligible if more than 50% of the building’s total floor area is devoted to residential use, and if the improvements will primarily benefit the residential portion. The residential portion of the structure must be occupied primarily by people of low- to moderate-income (see applications for further details). There are no income requirements; however, applicants must have good financial standing and demonstrate the ability to repay the loan.

Structures less than 15 years old are eligible only for funds to finance the necessary improvements to bring the structure into compliance with the state energy standards for rental housing. Structures more than 15 years old are eligible for other moderate rehabilitation, provided they must also be brought into compliance with the energy standards. Conversion from non-residential use to residential use is not permitted, nor is the construction of additional dwelling units.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jim Hasnik
Department Center for Energy and Environment
Address 212 3rd Ave North
Address 2 Suite 560
Place Minneapolis, Minnesota
Zip/Postal Code 55401
Phone (612) 335-5885
Fax (612) 335-2650

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"