What to do if my landlord doesn't have a renters license?
What should I do? Will I be out all the money for my deposit, rent and the money I put into fixing this place up?
If your landlord does not have a renter's license for the rental that you presently occupy (Minneapolis, Minnesota requires such), the landlord could face penalties by the entity overseeing the license requirement.
Potentially the landlord would not be able to charge rent or even evict a tenant if there is not the required renter's license in place. Additionally, the landlord could be subject to penalties and fines for renting out a unit without a proper license in place.
As to the effect upon you and the improvements that you have made to the unit you are renting, there should not be much of a backlash in that you are not required to have obtained this type of a license. Although the unit could be shut down for rental, if that happens, the landlord would most likely be responsible for all the improvements to you that you made.
The renter's license requirement is designed to protect the tenant from living in poor conditions in that as a requirement for the landlord to obtain the license there needs to be an inspection by a representative of a governmental entity.