House passes bill to further protect tenants from eviction

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When a landlord knows that a property’s contract for deed is being cancelled or that the mortgage is entering a foreclosure sale, the landlord is required to notify the tenants of the property. However there is no penalty for not doing so.

HF829 would add a $500 civil penalty for landlords who violate the notification requirement.

Sponsored by Rep. Susan Allen (DFL-Mpls), the bill also would remove a Dec. 31, 2014, sunset clause regarding eviction proceedings and would extend the time limit to file an appeal from 10 to 15 days.

If a hearing is scheduled in a rent escrow case for violations in a residential building and no rent is currently due to the landlord, the tenant would not be required to put a month’s rent in escrow.

The House passed the bill 71-59 on Monday. It now moves to the Senate, where Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Mpls) is the sponsor.