Legal Help for Renters in Minnesota

Is your rental housing situation in Minnesota creating legal questions? Consider the following resources.

HOME Line
HOME Line is a nonprofit statewide tenant advocacy organization. It provides free legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.

Landlord and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities
This online handbook from the Attorney General’s Office explains what rights landlords and tenants have in the rental housing relationship in MN.

LawHelpMN.org
This website has answers to legal questions on a variety of rental housing issues in Minnesota.

Legal Aid
Legal aid specializes in providing professional civil (not criminal) legal help to Minnesotans who cannot afford the services of a private civil attorney.

MN Legal Advice
If you are a low income renter, their lawyers can help you with your legal questions.

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS)
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services provides free legal representation and advice to low income people in 33 counties of southern Minnesota.

Volunteer Lawyers Network
For low income people in Minnesota that need help preventing unlawful evictions, getting workers money they are owed, helping parents obtain custody of their children, and more.

Local Protections for Renters
Some localities in Minnesota have or are planning to adopt specific protections for renters, or have resources specifically designed to assist renters in their jurisdiction. These include:
  • Hennepin County: Supports a Tenant Resource Center with assistance in eviction and homelessness prevention,emergency assistance, mediation, workforce, and legal assistance.
  • Minneapolis: Has renter protections in its housing code.
  • St. Paul: Passed a tenant protection ordinance called S.A.F.E. Housing (safe, affordable, fair, equitable) that will go into effect March 1, 2021.
  • Additionally, the following cities have passed ordinances to ensure tenants get timely notice of new ownership, rent increases, and restrictions on new owners requiring re-screening of tenants: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Hopkins, New Hope, and St. Louis Park. If you live in one of these cities and have a question about your local ordinance, contact Home Line.

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