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Lawmakers agree on eviction moratorium off-ramp to replace governor's executive order

It would replace the governor's executive order that has been in place during the pandemic.

State lawmakers, back in action as the first day of the Minnesota Legislature's 2021 special session kicked off, have reached an agreement on an eviction moratorium "off-ramp."

According to a news release from the Minnesota House of Representatives, conferees with both the House and Senate struck a deal to wind down the current eviction ban, one of the key issues on which the parties remained deadlocked as the regular session came to a close last month.

The moratorium was put into place via an emergency executive order by Gov. Tim Walz on March 24, 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It barred most landlords from evicting tenants during the public health emergency. It was one of the handful of measures he kept in place while announcing an end to most COVID-related restrictions in the state.

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Under Monday's agreement, the governor's executive order will be replaced by what is described as a "stepped-down off-ramp," that will end 105 days after being enacted. 

Under this agreement, landlords would be required to notify renters regarding outstanding rent 15 days prior to an eviction.

In addition, renters that have an outstanding rental assistance claim won't be able to be evicted, a protection that will remain in place until June 1, 2022.

The question of how to end the eviction moratorium was a key sticking point in housing omnibus bill negotiations between DFLers and Republicans, as the Session Daily reported back in May.

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