Senator Kari Dziedzic: Bill Passes Senate to Protect Students from Predatory Landlords
St. Paul, MINN – The Minnesota Senate passed a bill to protect renters from predatory landlords with bipartisan support earlier today. Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) authored the bill to address two problematic leasing practices – unit specific leasing and short leases.
“Over the years I’ve dealt with many different tenant issues, but the last few years have been especially bad for student renters,” said Senator Dziedzic. “Some leasing companies have been profiting at the students’ expense and this bill will level the playing field.”
Many University of Minnesota students rent apartments assuming they will be living in one unit, and then on move-in day find out it’s a completely different unit with completely different roommates. The bill requires the specific unit they are renting to be listed in the lease.
It also requires a start and end date to be listed on the front page of the lease. Some management companies are exploiting students by shorting the 12-month lease, requiring them to move out three weeks before the end of the month. They are not pro-rating the rent paid and returning a portion to the student. This leaves students scrambling to find housing and storage space for their belongings during this gap.
“This is a consumer protection bill,” said Senator Dziedzic. “It provides transparency and peace of mind for students.”
This legislation was included as part of the Minnesota Student Association’s 2018 legislative agenda. Senator Dziedzic would like to thank the students who worked hard to craft this legislation. The bill now goes to the House where it awaits a vote on the Floor.
For questions on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Dziedzic at (651) 296-7809.