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COVID-19 Information for Minnesota

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place 

Effective Sunday, May 17, 2020 through Sunday, May 31, 2020, Governor Tim Walz has issued a statewide Stay Safe order. The order will allow individuals to leave their homes and congregate in groups of 10 or fewer, but strongly encourages those most at-risk to remain at home. Non-essential retail businesses will also be allowed to resume operations per safety and health guidelines.

State of Emergency

Governor Tim Walz declared a state of emergency on March 13.

Eviction

Executive Order 10-14

  • Action: Governor Tim Walz has issued an eviction moratorium for the duration of the state of emergency or until rescinded.
  • Scope: Prohibits filing of an eviction notice for nonpayment, lease violations, and lease holdovers.
  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.
  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
  • Additional Commentary: Eviction actions based on cases where a resident seriously endangers the safety of other residents or engages in criminal activity defined in chapter 504B.171 of the Minnesota Landlord-Tenant Law are allowed.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Minnesota.

Gov. Walz issued Executive Order 20-15 on March 23, 2020, titled “Providing Immediate Relief to Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency”.

The Order directs the Department of Employment and Economic Development to develop a forgivable loan program to award grants to nonprofit corporations to fund forgivable loans to small businesses (the “Small Business Emergency Loan Program”), regardless of such business’s organizational form (i.e., independent contractor, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, etc.). 

Any business will be able to receive a loan through the Small Business Emergency Loan Program at the discretion of the DEED Commissioner. The business must demonstrate to the lender that it was directly and adversely affected by the COVID-19 peacetime emergency Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08. Under the Small Business Emergency Loan Program, small businesses are required to have claimed all applicable private insurance and utilized all other sources of applicable assistance available from other private and public sources.

The minimum loan is $2,500 and the maximum is $35,000. Please see the Order for more details. 

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Minnesota Code: § 471.9996.

Price-Gouging Law

Minnesota does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information 

Northfield 

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority committed to setting aside up to $53,600 assistance to help with rent payments.

HRA funds are expected to support individuals or families in the community who need assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those funds could be used for forgiving or reimbursing the Community Action Center for rent payments for the Washington Street shelter for June, July and August — $3,600 in total. According to CAC officials, the organization would use those funds for additional motel vouchers during the shelter in place order and for rental assistance.

Olmstead

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Olmsted County is establishing a rental assistance program for people who have lost their jobs or had hours slashed because of the pandemic. The new program provides three months of rent or mortgage assistance to a household experiencing loss of income due to COVID-19.  Households pay 30% of current income towards their rent/mortgage and HRA pays the balance directly to the landlord or mortgage company.  Households may reapply after three months for additional assistance.

The program is geared towards households at or below 60% area median income, per current income. This is not a program that will go backwards to verify previous income, only to assess the change in income. It is anticipated that households applying for this assistance prior to COVID-19 related closures may not have qualified nor needed assistance. Applicants will need to verify loss of income via unemployment application and/or verification, letter from employer indicating reduction in hours or furlough, etc.

Applications will be available for download on the HRA website, by request through any HRA team member, through email request to mailto:[email protected], or by hard copy upon request.  Completed applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] (preferred), hard copy to the HRA offices or via fax at (507) 328-7959 (least preferred method).

Richfield 

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On April 20, 2020, the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority showed its unanimous support for city renters at risk of housing instability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HRA authorized $30,000 in emergency rental assistance for Richfield renters to be administered by Volunteers Enlisted in Assisting People, known as VEAP.

When applying for rental assistance, VEAP’s social services team screens households through a variety of assessments, including verifying income and speaking with landlords. Payments are made directly to landlords, with other support services also available to recipients.

If a Richfield renter needs assistance with their housing, they should contact the VEAP social service team at 952-888-9616, ext. 147, or visit veap.org. The organization is assisting people by appointment only at this time.

St. Paul 

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The St. Paul Bridge Fund has been established to provide grant money to businesses and families facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Applications to $3.95 million fund are open until April 19 and provide families with children with a flat rate of $1,000 and businesses with $7,500 until sustainable federal assistance can be provided. Families with children must make up to 40% of the area median income.