Fair Housing: Minnesota

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Minnesota Protected Classes

(State of Minnesota Statutes § 363A.09)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Creed
  • Marital Status
  • Recipient of Public Assistance1
  • Sexual Orientation                         

1Public Assistance is defined in sub-section 47 as the condition of being a recipient of federal state, or local assistance, including medical and rental assistance and supplements. However, COA case Edwards v Hopkins (Edwards v. Hopkins Plaza L.P., 783 N.W.2d 171, 2010 Minn. App.) allows property owners to opt out of accepting Section 8 assistance for business reasons.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Minneapolis Protected Classes

(City of Minneapolis Municipal Code Title 7 § 139.40[e])

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Recipient of Public Assistance1 2
  • ​Ancestry
  • Gender Identity
  • Emancipated Minor Status

1Public Assistance means The condition of being a recipient of federal, state, or local assistance, including medical, rental, and public assistance programs, as well as federal, state, and local rental assistance and supplements. However, The Court of Appeals case Edwards v Hopkins (Edwards v. Hopkins Plaza L.P., 783 N.W.2d 171, 2010 Minn. App.) allows property owners to opt out of accepting Section 8 assistance for business reasons.

2The MN Supreme Court, in Fletcher v Minneapolis (Fletcher Props. v. City of Minneapolis, 947 N.W.2d 1, 2020 Minn. LEXIS 360, 2020 WL 4342651) affirmed Minneapolis' protection of those receiving section 8 assistance if they can show refusal of tenancy was not for business reasons.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of St. Paul Protected Classes

(City of St. Paul Municipal Code §§ 183.01 and 183.06)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Ancestry

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Rochester Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Rochester Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.