Public hearing on proposed renters’ protection ordinance Aug. 28 

The public can comment on a proposed renters’ protection ordinance at a public hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28 during the City Council’s Housing Policy & Development Committee.

The proposed ordinance would cap security deposits at a maximum of one month’s rent and gives property owners two options for screening potential renters: use inclusive screening criteria outlined in the ordinance or conduct an individualized assessment. The inclusive screening criteria places limitations on consideration of criminal background, rental history –including eviction history – and prohibits use of a credit score.

Since the proposed ordinance was first introduced March 2018 by City Council President Lisa Bender and Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, there has been ongoing discussions with renters, property owners, housing experts and other community stakeholders that have shaped the policy proposal.

The proposed ordinance builds on a growing body of work City leaders have advanced to address the challenges facing renters. Minneapolis is a majority renter city with 89,000 households renting their home. Renters are more likely to be low-income than homeowners, and people of color are more likely to be renters than white people. Renters are vulnerable to challenging market conditions, including low vacancy rates and limited affordable housing options.

Renters’ protection ordinance public hearing
City Council’s Housing Policy & Development Committee
1:30 p.m. Aug. 28
Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

 

Published Aug 22, 2019

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