Senator Zaynab Mohamed Leads Tenants’ Rights Bill to Pass in the Minnesota Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, April 8, the Minnesota Senate passed the Tenants’ Rights Omnibus Bill, authored by Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL-Minneapolis). One-third of Minnesotans are renters, and these changes will give them stronger protections and better opportunities to find affordable and dignified housing. Stable housing is the foundation of growth in our communities, and it leads to better health, education, and professional outcomes for Minnesotans across the state.

Provisions include:

  • Tenant Rights to Organize and Establish a Tenant Association
  • Remedies for Tenants in Cases of Undelivered Occupancy by Move-In Date
  • Right to Contact Emergency Services for Mental Health Crises
  • Individual Taxpayer ID Numbers (ITIN) on Rental Applications
  • Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence in Eviction Cases
  • Clarification of Right to Counsel in Public Evictions
  • Disclosure of Prohibition of Pet Fees Related to Service or Support Animals
  • Technical Landlord-Tenant Updates

“This bill represents the profound stories of tenants from across this great State.” said Senator Mohamed. “In a time when renting and maintaining a home is so difficult, today we continue our work increasing housing security and stability for many, many Minnesotans.

“Whether it is organizing your community for better living standards, ensuring you have access to emergency services without penalties, or protecting domestic violence survivors when facing eviction, this bill upholds the dignity of renters.”

SF 3942 passed 37-29 and now awaits consideration on the floor of the Minnesota House. 

Senator Zaynab Mohamed represents Senate District 63 which includes Minneapolis. She is vice chair of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee, and serves on the Capital Investment Committee, Finance Committee, and the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee.
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