City, U of M groups spread the word about being positive landlords, tenants and homeowners

The school year means many new and returning students will be coming back to live in the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota.  While returning or new to campus, students may discover that their new house or apartment may not have a rental license or that there are serious housing issues with their new home. As students return for the 2013-2014 school year, the City of Minneapolis, the U of M, and the community are working together to help students, landlords and homeowners build a safe, livable and quiet community in southeast Minneapolis.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the City’s “Southeast Strategic Compliance Team”, the University of Minnesota and volunteers from the local neighborhoods will be knocking on doors in the Marcy Holmes, Prospect Park and Como neighborhoods to welcome students to the area, educate them on crime prevention tips, fire codes and overcrowding, and remind them of the noisy and unruly assembly ordinance and how to host a gathering responsibly.

The City of Minneapolis is also increasing the availability of City of Minneapolis Housing Inspectors & Fire Inspection Services Inspectors in key locations in the Como and Marcy Holmes neighborhoods. If students or their parents have questions about their new house or apartment, they can contact one of these inspectors to help resolve any possible issues. Inspectors will have access to property information and be able to respond to individual addresses as needed. 

To contact an inspector, call 311, or if you are outside the city of Minneapolis, call 612-673-3000.  Students are also encouraged to contact their City Council member, Cam Gordon, Ward 2 (612-673-2202) or Diane Hofstede, Ward 3 (612-673-2203 if they have a complaint.

Thursday Sept. 5, from 10:30 a.m to 3 p.m., Regulatory Services Inspection staff, Council office representatives, & U of M staff will have a table located at the Purple Onion at 1301 University Ave SE. & Joe’s Market at 1828 Como Ave SE to share information with residents.

The “Southeast Strategic Compliance Team” includes the City’s Regulatory Services Department, the Minneapolis Police 2nd Precinct, the Fire Department, City Council members, University of Minnesota Office for Student Affairs, the University of Minnesota Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, University of Minnesota Office for Student & Community Relations, the University District Alliance and the community. The team’s goal is to strengthen already existing partnerships and effectively coordinate resources to educate people and improve our neighborhoods.

Published Sep. 5, 2013