Responsible Renters and Our Neighborhoods Have a Voice At City Hall
We want safe and affordable neighborhoods for all. Minneapolis can help those who face barriers to housing without putting other residents at risk. 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. The first would eliminate consideration of most criminal records (including violent and disturbing offenses), payment and conduct history, and reasonable credit standards when screening rental applicants.
The second proposal would impose security and damage deposit limits that will make it impossible for those with pets to find rental housing and limit opportunities for hard-to-house people.
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. Competing with other cities for the riskiest, most extreme plan is not the answer. 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.
Renters base their decision on where to live in part on a property’s screening criteria. Renters and neighbors want a safe and quiet living environment.
Unfortunately, the proposals upend the basis on which many renters entered into a lease 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.
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.
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 that option makes it harder to house people with troubled pasts, not easier.
The random limit on pet damage deposits set by the City will make it more challenging for dog, cat and other animal lovers to find pet-friendly rental housing.
Minneapolis – Minneapolis rental property owners are alarmed by a new proposal that the City Council appears to be fast tracking with minimal public input and outside of its standard community engagement process. The draft ordinances if enacted would put Minneapolis renters at risk, increase rents, and limit opportunities for vulnerable populations.
The impact of these overreaching regulations will mean property owners and managers are unable to properly screen applicants for many violent offenses. They will also increase financial and safety risk for Minneapolis property owners and renters and reduce opportunities for the very renters the City Council seeks to help.
“Once again, in a time where vacancies are less than two percent in the City of Minneapolis, the City Council is trying to address housing access by adding regulations and making it less attractive to own or manage property in Minneapolis instead of collaborating with owners and managers on second chance and rehabilitation programs which have been recommended multiple times,” MHA President Nichol Beckstrand said. “When more regulatory burden is added, there is only one place to recoup costs: the price of rent. This proposal will only raise the price of renting in Minneapolis.”
Leaders from the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association sent a letter to the City after reviewing draft ordinances that were prepared without input from the majority of Minneapolis renters, property owners and managers.