Proposed policy improvements aimed at negligent property owners

Throughout several areas of Minneapolis, the need for housing often forces tenants to choose between personal safety and affordability. Many lower income tenants refrain from complaining about negligent property owners in order to keep a roof over their heads. However, proposed revisions of the Code of Ordinances may bring relief to those most in need of improved living conditions.

Minneapolis officials are contemplating a policy called Renter-First that would emphasis the needs of tenants. It is in answer to the concerns of many lower income renters who are fearful of violating rules if they speak up about serious concerns. One council member from Ward 3 spoke of his own experiences when renting as a sublease holder. Because subleasing was prohibited he was unable to bring serious fire code violations to the attention of city officials out of fear of losing a place to live.

A council member from Ward 2 explains that this fear is the driving force behind the proposed changes as renters should not be forced to live in dangerous conditions in order to afford an apartment. In addition, students who live around campuses expressed concerns over lack security and other problems attributed to landlord indifference. The policy changes were written by the City's Regulatory Services Department and are intended to be a citywide change. It is hoped that the changes will empower tenants to speak up about potentially dangerous problems.

The policy change will be voted upon during the next council meeting. It is hoped that it will place negligent property owners under more pressure to provide their renters with safe and secure housing. Council members also expressed the hope that officials will take the time to address tenants' issues directly rather than simply contacting owners. Minneapolis residents who have suffered injuries due to a property owner's negligence may have a basis for filing a premises liability suit in an effort to recover any monetary damages incurred.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
CONTACT US

How Can We Help You?

Don't trust the protection of your best interests to just anyone. Turn to a team of attorneys who have made it their mission to serve the community and its legal needs. Call our Minneapolis office at 612-977-1040 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Goldstein Law, PLLC
2550 Blaisdell Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone: 612-977-1040
Fax: 612-977-1043
Minneapolis Law Office Map