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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tenant-landlord regulations tightened

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Anonymous Tribune said...

Tenants who are late on their rent will face a maximum 8 percent penalty under a bill signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday.

It was one of several provisions in an overhaul of tenant-landlord rules that according to Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, was long overdue.

The law also restricts landlords from collecting screening fees from potential tenants to a one-search-at-a-time basis, and requires landlords to reveal the criteria they use to eliminate potential renters. Both of those provisions will reduce the amount of up-front money people looking to rent housing might have to pay while searching, said Ron Elwood, a staff attorney at the Legal Services Advocacy Project, which worked on the bill.

But would-be tenants also have to toe a new line. Under the new law they'll be liable for civil damages and fines if they lie or leave out key information on their applications.

3:06 AM  
Anonymous Link here said...

Chapter 315 linked above.

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the DFL proposed a new bill that allows landlords to charge a fine on late rent and hold tenants liable for civil damages and fines?

A bunch of your heads are exploding right about now.


7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on Eric. And the DFL shortened the time period required for holding abandoned property from 60 days to 28 days. Great progress, eh landlords?

Oh sorry, this is the anti-DFL spin zone (full of dumb-ass's).

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tenants liable for civil damages? They may as well write the judgement out on toilet paper so the landlord can wipe their butts with it. Most tenants are judgement proof.

11:36 PM  

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