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Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities

The rights and duties of landlords and tenants in Minnesota are spelled out in federal law, state statutes, local ordinances, safety and housing codes, common law, contract law, and a number of court decisions. These responsibilities can vary from place to place around the state.

Certain rights and duties apply to landlords and tenants everywhere in Minnesota. This handbook attempts to explain those rights. This booklet should not be considered legal advice to use in resolving specific landlord-tenant problems or questions. It is a summary of the laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship. References to statutes and case law examples appear at the back of the brochure. When references are provided, they are signaled or noted by a number at the end of the sentence. If a cite does not appear, the information is likely derived from common law or case law.

Tenants in federal housing and other forms of subsidized housing have additional rights under federal law not covered in this handbook. Those tenants should check their leases for information.

Minn. Statute § 504B.181, subd. 2(b) requires landlords to notify residential tenants that this handbook is available to them.

Table of Contents

The following is a table of contents for the Landlords and Tenants Handbook. You may click on the headers for more information on that topic.

Entering into the Agreement

During the Tenancy

Ending the Tenancy

Other Important Laws

Resources

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