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

The beginning of the school means many new and returning students will be coming back to live in the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota. While returning to campus, students may discover that their new house/apartment may not have a rental license or that there are serious housing issues with their new home. As students return for the 2011-2012 school year, the City of Minneapolis and the U of M are working together to help students, landlords and homeowners build a safe, livable and quiet community in southeast Minneapolis.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1, 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 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. Housing 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, either Cam Gordon, Ward 2 (612-673-2202) or Diane Hofstede, Ward 3 (612-673-2203) if they have a complaint.

Housing Supervisors and City Council Representatives will also be present at the two locations below to meet with students and their parents about Housing issues on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and Thursday, Sept. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. The locations are:

The Purple Onion, 1301 University Ave. SE

Joe's Market and Delicatessen, 1828 Como Ave. SE

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

Published Aug 29, 2011