LandLordStation.com offers a variety of information pertaining to Minnesota renters’ rights and obligations, as well as Minnesota landlords’ rights and obligations. Landlord tenant law MN covers a variety of items, but is only part of the law pertaining to residential real estate. The Federal Fair Housing Act sets laws which pertain to the rights of tenants. The state law covering Minnesota tenant rights must provide the same rights as the Federal Fair Housing Act, whether they are specifically stated in Minnesota law or not. You can find the provisions of the MN rental laws in the MINN. STAT. Ann. 504B.001-504B.471.
The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Minnesota has helpful information on their website which covers some of the following items in detail:
• Living in a rental unit
• Paying the rent
• Dealing with problems
• Having repairs made
• Moving out
• Refunds of security deposits
• Terminations and evictions
• The eviction process
• Retaliatory actions, evictions and discrimination
• Resolving problems
Minnesota has some laws that are not found in all other states. A partial list of Minnesota landlord tenant law provisions includes the following:
Restrictions on Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
• A tenant may install, at tenant’s expense, a level 1 or level 2 electric vehicle charging system on or in the leased premises.
• A landlord shall not assess or charge a tenant any fee for placement or use of an electric vehicle charging system, except in the event that the landlord pays for the electricity for the leased premises. If the landlord is responsible for all electrical costs, then he or she may only charge the tenant for the amount of electricity used by the charging system.
Victims of Domestic Violence
• A landlord shall not terminate a lease agreement or impose a penalty on a residential tenant for calls made by the tenant for peace officer assistance or other emergency assistance in response to a domestic violence or domestic abuse situation.
• A residential tenant may not waive the rights set out in this statute.
• When a tenant notifies a landlord, in writing, that he or she is the victim of domestic violence, or domestic abuse, and also provides the landlord with evidence of domestic violence or abuse in the form of a police report, the landlord cannot deny that tenant the right to terminate his or her the residential rental agreement or lease agreement due to fear of imminent danger for self or children. The tenant may terminate lease agreement and vacate the premises without further obligation however, the tenant must perform the acts in the lease that pertain to move-out, including leaving the property in a clean condition, payment of rent owed, etc.
• If tenant has to vacate the premises due to domestic violence, the tenant must pay the landlord one month’s rent following the vacation of the premises. This amount shall be due and payable to the landlord within 90 days after the tenant vacates the premises. The landlord is not obligated to return the security deposit to the tenant until this amount has been paid.
The information provided by LandLordStation.com regarding landlord tenant law MN is provided to give tenants a better understanding of their rights. This information does not replace the advice of an attorney who is familiar with the law in Minnesota and you should always consult an attorney if you have questions. LandLordStation.com offers a variety of helpful sources for information pertaining to rental agreements which benefit both the tenant and the landlord.
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