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Eviction Moratorium Update for Minnesota

On July 14, 2020 Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-79. This new Executive Order made some minor changes to the previous Executive Orders which placed a moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19. Its changes will take effect on August 4, 2020.

While the moratorium on evictions for the nonpayment of rent will remain in place. Gov. Walz is allowing evictions in several other situations that were previously not allowed. On August 4, 2020, Landlords will be able to evict tenants for the following, if a tenant:

  1. Seriously endangers the safety of other residents;
  2. Violates Minnesota Statute 2019, 504B.171, Subd. 1, which makes it a lease violation to possess or sell drugs, allow prostitution, or allow illegal firearms or stolen property on the premises;
  3. Remains in the property past the vacate date after receiving notice to vacate or nonrenewal as required in the executive order;
  4. Materially violates a residential lease by the following actions on the premises
    1. Seriously endangers the safety of others; or
    2. Significantly damages the property.

In addition, any Writs of Recovery issued prior to March 24 may now be enforced. For assistance interpreting and applying the moratorium please contact housing attorney Caleb Rannow at 320-251-6700 or crannow@rinkenoonan.com.

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