North Minneapolis landlord in hot water with attorney general

Updated: October 08, 2019 06:32 PM

A North Minneapolis landlord is accused of using an eviction for profit scheme to bilk his tenants out of thousands of dollars.

A complaint filed by Attorney General Keith Ellison says the scheme by Steven Meldahl of Eden Prairie has resulted in the eviction of 99 percent of his tenants.


Meldahl currently rents out 25 single family homes. In the complaint filed by Ellison, it says, "Meldahl preys upon low income tenants who are desperate for affordable housing."

Meldahl has not responded to requests for comment. 

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Danielle Turpin and many others would say they have been preyed upon by Meldahl.

"It was a rough, tough two years," she said.

Turpin lived in on of Meldahl's homes on Newton Avenue. 

"I just knew it was a money scheme," she said.

In the complaint Ellison says Meldahl routinely uses leases with illegal terms to deny his tenants safe and habitable housing and charge them late fees that exceed the statutory cap.

"Not only does he refuse to repair these properties as law requires, he forces tenants to pay for repairs, including normal ware and tear," Ellison said.

Meldahl's properties have been cited more than 1,300 times in the last 10 years by the city of Minneapolis for housing code violations.

Ellison says he filed the lawsuit to stop Meldahl and his eviction for profit scheme.

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