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New executive order allows some evictions, but not if someone doesn't pay their rent

The executive order was approved Tuesday and goes into effect on Aug. 4.

Gov. Tim Walz has issued another executive order related to evictions, allowing them in certain circumstances, but not if someone doesn't pay their rent. 

The governor issued the executive order and the executive council approved it Tuesday. This came the same day Walz released $100 million in funds for a program to provide housing assistance to prevent evictions and help Minnesotans maintain stable housing. 

"I am modifying the eviction protections to allow evictions in additional limited circumstances," Walz said in Executive Order 20-79. "In addition, I am requiring landlords to give residential tenants a seven-day notice of intent to file an eviction to help mitigate the impact upon residential tenants and encourage resolutions without court involvement."

The executive order goes into effect at 12 a.m. on Aug 4. At the same time, the order rescinds two previous executive orders on evictions, which were designed to protect public health by making sure people could stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We have continued to slowly and safely reopen Minnesota’s economy and, in line with those actions, recognize that tenants may begin to move more safely," Walz said in the order. "At the same time, I recognize that COVID-19’s economic impact continues to influence the ability of tenants and homeowners to pay their rent and mortgages." 

With this new executive order, property owners and mortgage holders still can't evict someone for not paying rent (it doesn't relieve the tenant's obligation to pay rent). 

People can, however, be evicted for violating a lease by endangering other peoples' safety, engaging in certain illegal activities or damaging property, as well as if the homeowner or family member must move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued prior to 5 p.m. on March 24. 

Here's the full text of the order, which goes into effect Aug. 4 and will remain in effect until the peacetime emergency ends.

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