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Minneapolis wants bad landlords to pay renters' relocation costs

Updated: December 03, 2019 10:21 PM

Minneapolis is one step closer toward making bad landlords pay relocation costs for tenants when the city revokes a landlord's rental license.

In recent years, Minneapolis saw an increasing number of tenants given eviction notices by their landlords after the city had revoked the landlord's rental license for egregious violations of city ordinances.

The Minneapolis City Council Economic and Regulatory Services Committee unanimously passed a proposed ordinance on Tuesday that would require landlords who have lost their rental licenses to pay up to three months' rent for displaced renters to help them relocate.

City Councilman Cam Gordon supports the proposed ordinance and voted in favor of it during the committee hearing. He told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the city learned they needed to fix the situation for renters who face eviction through no fault of their own.

"After a few landlords lost their licenses, we realized the renters were left in a bad spot with eviction notices," Gordon said. "The renters have done nothing wrong, and all we are trying to do is create a safety net when things like this are out of their control."

Gordon said the proposed ordinance received support on both sides of the issue — from both renters and landlords — and he expects it to eventually become part of city code in the near future.

"This is something that protects everybody in the long run," Gordon said. "Renters get protection, but so do the good, reputable landlords, and maybe this will give some of the questionable landlords something to think about and act properly on before they lose their licenses."

Gordon said he expects the full City Council to approve the ordinance next week and for Mayor Jacob Frey to sign it. If passed, it would go into effect early next year.

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