Over half of Minneapolis residents rent their homes. Currently, property owners can choose to not renew a tenant’s lease – for any reason, or for no reason at all – forcing the tenant to leave on short notice. With no requirements to justify a non-renewal, residents are also vulnerable to informal retaliation for asserting their right to a safe home. It is clear that many evictions, as many as two-thirds, follow this “informal eviction” process. 
Property owners can also file a formal eviction, also called an unlawful detainer, without any prior notice to the tenant. This means the tenant is not provided an opportunity to fix the problem, negotiate an agreement, or quit the lease prior to an eviction filing. Lack of notice is a major barrier for renters accessing available rental assistance that could keep families in their homes. Once an eviction is filed, it goes onto the tenant’s record, regardless of whether the eviction is overturned in housing court. An eviction filing on a tenant’s record makes it hard to find new stable, safe housing. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color residents are much likelier to have an eviction filed against them, contributing to the well-known racial disparities in our city.