The Minneapolis City Council will consider requiring landlords to give two weeks' notice before evicting tenants for payment issues.
In a Tuesday Business, Inspections, Housing and Zoning Committee meeting, council members heard testimony on a proposal that would require property owners to give a written pre-eviction filing notice of
14 days for a nonpayment of rent or other financial obligations.
The proposal was introduced by Council Members Jeremiah Ellison, Cam Gordon, Jamal Osman and Council President Lisa Bender.
By giving residents 14 days' notice before an eviction, they have more time to seek out federal or county assistance to pay back rent before a formal eviction is filed, according to the proposal. The written notice would have to provide the amount due, as well as information about available legal and financial assistance programs.
According to the proposal, renters make up around 89,000 households in Minneapolis, accounting for more than half of all residents. And of the eviction cases examined in a 2016 study, 93% were due to nonpayment issues.
The proposal was sent to the Committee of the Whole for further consideration next week.
The discussion comes in anticipation of the statewide eviction moratorium being lifted. The moratorium, which was first instated by Gov. Tim Walz in March of last year, was kept in place when other COVID-19 restrictions were loosened earlier this month.
Walz, along with state lawmakers, are now debating when and how the moratorium will be lifted.