City Council Looks at Rental Protections
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 11:20 AM


New tenant protections will be introduced at the Saint Paul City Council on March 11. Ward 4 Council Member Mitra Jalali is the lead sponsor of the proposed ordinance, which is targeted to take effect Jan. 1, 2021. It sets standards in five areas:

  • Rights and responsibilities: Creates a packet of information outlining rights, responsibilities, and resources for tenants and landlords; the information must be provided when tenants sign a lease.
  • Security deposits: Limits security deposits to one month's rent. Also prohibits requiring tenants to pre-pay more than one month's rent.
  • Tenant screening: Creates uniform guidelines about what can and cannot be used from an applicant's rental, credit, and criminal history.
  • Just cause: Requires landlords to provide just cause if they terminate a lease or refuse to renew a lease.
  • Advance notice: Requires that tenants in buildings classified as "affordable housing" be notified at least 90 days in advance if their building is put up for sale. It also allows tenants to stay in the building at least 90 days after the sale, and requires the new owner to provide relocation assistance to displaced tenants under certain circumstances.

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