Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order to suspend any eviction proceedings until further notice. During the press conference, Governor Walz said, “Loss of housing is catastrophic at any time, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, this loss endangers the health and well-being of all Minnesotans. While this order clarifies that tenants, who can continue to pay rent during the peacetime emergency should continue to do so, landlords and financial institutions cannot begin eviction proceedings that would remove tenants from stable housing.”
This Executive Order will surely affect several rental property owners with a loss of income during the pandemic. It is also critical to note that Governor Walz did not suspend the obligation of residential tenants to pay rent. A landlord can always accept partial payment however they should always reduce the payment agreement to a written receipt that includes a sentence that the acceptance of a partial payment does not relieve the tenant of the obligation to pay the remainder.
Once this has passed, the Courthouse doors will be open to eviction proceedings. In the meantime, the Courthouse doors are mostly shut to landlords and property owners except for emergency evictions based on illegal activity or behavior that seriously endangers the safety of other residents, their property or the landlord’s property.