Minnesota landlords should be ready for significant changes in eviction procedures. Starting on January 1, 2023, an amendment to Minnesota Statute 504B.321 will introduce new rules affecting eviction processes, particularly those related to non-payment of rent or other unpaid financial obligations.
The most prominent change is the requirement for a 14-day written notice before initiating eviction proceedings for non-payment of rent or other unpaid financial obligations covered by the lease. This notice must be carefully crafted and include specific information:
Total Amount Due: Clearly state the total amount due from the tenant, encompassing unpaid rent, late fees, and any other charges specified in the lease agreement.
Detailed Accounting: Provide a specific breakdown of the outstanding amounts. This transparency ensures tenants understand the basis for the eviction action.
Contact Information: Include the name and address of the person authorized to receive rent and fees on behalf of the landlord.
Legal Rights Information: Inform tenants of their right to seek legal help. Direct them to contact Legal Aid or visit www.LawHelpMN.org if they cannot afford an attorney.
Financial Assistance Information: Offer information on how tenants can apply for financial aid through local county or Tribal social services, online at MNBenefits.mn.gov, or by contacting the United Way information line at 2-1-1 or 800-543-7709.
Eviction Timeline: State that the landlord can file an eviction case if the tenant does not pay the total amount due or vacate the premises within 14 days from the notice date. Additionally, mention that some local governments may have longer eviction notice periods.
These changes offer benefits to landlords:
Clarity and Documentation: The detailed notice reduces disputes over the amount owed.
More Preparation Time: The 14-day notice period provides tenants with additional time to address their delinquency, potentially resolving payment issues without eviction.
Alignment with National Standards: Minnesota’s new eviction rules align with tenant protection standards seen in other states, fostering consistency in landlord-tenant relations.
It’s essential to be aware that local governments in Minnesota have the authority to enact and enforce even stronger pre-eviction notice requirements. As a landlord, stay informed about any additional rules or regulations that may apply in your area.
Minnesota’s updated eviction rules aim to provide more transparency and time for tenants to address their financial obligations. Understanding these changes is crucial for compliance and effective property management. For legal advice and assistance in navigating these new regulations, reach out to our experienced team at The Libby Law Office. We have decades of experience handling landlord tenant issues, and no task is too big or too small.