As of June 29, the eviction moratorium off ramp process has begun. Governor Walz signed a bill to enact HF 4, now Chapter 8, to establish a timeline for lifting the moratorium. Key dates for renters and property managers are listed below.
Starting June 30: Renters who have materially violated their lease (“they just haven’t been good renters, or they haven’t been good neighbors”) can have their lease terminated. Renters who qualify but refuse to apply for rental assistance can be evicted. People can apply for assistance on renthelpmn.org or call 211.
Starting July 14: You can be evicted if you have materially violated your lease, which is a different process than lease termination.
Starting August 13: Your lease can be terminated if you haven’t paid your rent and you are not eligible for emergency rental assistance.
Starting September 12: You can be evicted if you have not paid your rent and you are not eligible for emergency rental assistance.
Starting October 12: All lease termination and eviction protections are lifted unless you are eligible for emergency rental assistance and have a pending application.
Starting June 1, 2022: All lease termination and eviction protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.
The bill prohibits an eviction for nonpayment of rent until June 1, 2022, if the tenant has a pending application for rental assistance. A tenant (and their landlord) can verify the tenant’s rent application through Minnesota Housing. The applicant gets a letter when the application is submitted. They can also go back into their account and pull the email again if they need it. If the landlord is correctly attached to the application in the system, they will also be able to see the progress of the applications.
One permanent policy change is a required 15-day notice period to tenants before an eviction can be filed for non-payment of rent.