As most people are aware on March 23, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-14. That Executive Order suspended eviction proceedings and ordered Landlords not to terminate any leases unless there was illegal activity taking place or the tenant was seriously endangering the safety of other residents. The executive order also criminalized any attempt to file an eviction or terminate a residential lease.
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, news broke that the first Landlord in Minnesota had been charged with violating the Executive Order. It is alleged that a man in Pine County attempted to terminate a residential lease and demanded that he be allowed to enter the premises to show it to potential buyers. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is the authority bringing the changes and stated he thought that the Landlords actions were “particularly heartless.” According to The Guardian, the Pine County Man is facing $25,000.00 in fines.
It is clear the State is taking its moratorium on terminations and evictions seriously and Landlords can and will be charged under the Executive Order. Should you have any questions concerning Executive Order 20-14 or any other housing law question please feel free to reach out to us as we continue to serve you from our homes.
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