5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has St. Louis Park considering moratorium on crime-free, drug-free ordinance

December 10, 2018 10:40 PM

St. Louis Park passed the crime-free/drug-free ordinance 10 years ago, giving police the power to order landlords to start the eviction process for renters who were the focus of reported criminal activity.

But, a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation found more than 150 people, over the past five years, had been ordered out of their rental homes, or apartments, but had not even been convicted of a crime.


The St. Louis Park City Council, in a work study session, discussed taking a closer look at what several council members said were the 'unintentional consequences' of the crime-free/drug-free ordinance.

SLP City Council member Anne Mavity told colleagues she thinks the ordinance was drafted with good intentions, but would like to see enforcement of it put on hold.

"I want to see an enforcement moratorium on this for now," Mavity said.  "I think we need to get some good data and really take a closer look at how this ordinance is working because losing your housing is a very significant penalty."

SLP Council member Thom Miller expressed similar concerns and said he also favors the creation of a work group to study the ordinance and its consequences with a report finished in early 2019.

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"I think there are a lot of things that need to be looked at here, including unique situations," Miller said. "I think there will be some tenants who will not report domestic violence instances to police out of fear they, or the perpetrator, might lose their housing."

The full St. Louis Park City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance moratorium at its meeting Monday, Dec.16.

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