Speak Up Minneapolis

Responsible Renters and Our Neighborhoods Have a Voice At City Hall

We want safe and affordable neighborhoods for all. Minneapolis can help those who need help without higher costs and consequences for other renters. We need real solutions that work for the whole city.

Instead of Minnesota-made solutions, a few city politicians are copying extreme regulations from other cities with skyrocketing rents, housing shortages, and socioeconomic challenges that just get worse with every new out-of-touch policy.

Those laws paper over real problems, don’t solve root causes, and will make renting more challenging for Minneapolis residents.

The latest City Council plan includes two misguided mandates. Read more about them here.

We need city leaders to focus on the best interests of all renters and neighborhoods, not force more one-size-fits-all plans on us.  Minneapolis is unique, and the city can find real solutions by engaging renters and the communities which they call home.

It’s time for everyone to have a voice. It’s time for the City Council to listen.

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The proposals undermine affordable and safe neighborhoods
in three critical ways.

Higher Costs & Less Stability

Renters and neighbors want a safe, stable and quiet living environment. Stability is key to affordability, and eliminating tools that help ensure stability will raise rents. 

People decide where to rent knowing future residents will go through the same background check. Unfortunately, the proposals upend this expectation by not allowing property managers to screen for most violent crimes and other serious criminal offenses. 

They stop property managers from ensuring applicants will be good neighbors to all.

Stifles New Construction

The city continues to increase costs for multi-family property owners and renters, as well as add multiple barriers to new construction. The new ordinances would further stifle new development. 

Increased uncertainty of managing property, higher costs of insurance, and challenges in retaining renters will make Minneapolis even less attractive for new investment. 

Without new investment and more units, the rental market will remain tight and needless regulation will only increase costs.

Limits Rental Opportunities

Arbitrary security and damage deposits will limit opportunities to renters with challenging rental, legal or credit history. 

By matching deposits to potential risk, property managers are able to offer many people with troubled histories a second chance. 

Taking away options makes it harder to house people with troubled pasts, not easier.  

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The Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) is a state-wide nonprofit trade organization. With nearly 2,000 members representing more than 400,000 housing units throughout Minnesota, MHA is the voice of the state’s multi housing industry.

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