Governor Tim Walz's eviction moratorium has certainly taken a toll on property owners the past nine months. But now there is great news for property owners in Ramsey County! County officials recently announced a new financial assistance program for landlords and property owners with tenants they have been unable to pay their outstanding or past due rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ramsey County Landlord Assistance Program provides one-time grants to landlords for up to $20,000 per rental unit for tenants’ missed rent payments and/or unpaid fees from March 1st, 2020 through December 30th, 2020 due to COVID-19.
The Landlord Assistance program will now be accepting applications after the Thursday, Dec. 10 deadline, but the sooner you apply, the better!
Housing Hub can assist by gathering the needed documentation that we have in our system: Lease Agreements, Tenant Ledgers and Communication. There is a one time admin fee of $90 due to Housing Hub for this piece. If you are interested, please give our office a call today!
Here are the eligibility requirements and application guidelines:
A residential landlord is eligible to apply for a one-time assistance grant if:
The property is located in Ramsey County.
The landlord owns the property as of the date of application.
The property is residential (mixed use properties will be eligible for residential leases only).
The landlord is NOT a government entity or public housing authority.
The landlord has not received COVID-19 relief funds that exceed $20,000 for the specific units/tenants on the application.
The landlord has not received any other funding for the same expenses from other sources.
The landlord has written confirmation that tenants have had difficulty making rent payments as a result of COVID-19.
Eligible landlord applicants include:
Individuals/sole proprietors or self-employed individuals.
Corporations or limited liability companies.
Examples of eligible residential dwellings include:
Single family home (including rooms rented within a home).
Accessory residential unit (carriage/coach house/guest house).
Step 1: Get an application. The application is available in three formats.
Online application (fastest processing time): Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
PDF application: Download the PDF application to your computer and email completed version to email@example.com. You can also drop off or mail printed applications to the Financial Assistance Services address below.
Paper application: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper application be mailed to you. You can also pick up a paper application at one of Ramsey County's Service Centers.
After completing a PDF or paper application, you can drop off or mail to:
Ramsey County Financial Assistance
160 Kellogg Blvd. E.
Mailroom 5800-Attn. Nabil Mohamed
St. Paul, MN 55101
Step 2: Landlord fills out application. The following documents are required for the application to be processed:
Ownership documentation – one per property. Acceptable proof of ownership documents include, but are not limited to a copy of the deed to the property/properties, a copy of the mortgage, or proof of homeowner’s/hazard insurance from the most recent year.
Lease agreements – one per unit on application.
Delinquency notices – one per unit on application.
Step 3: Landlord provides tenant notice to all tenants included on the application.
Step 4: Landlord receives written confirmation that tenants on the application have have had difficulty making rent payments as a result of loss of income due to COVID-19.
Step 5: Landlord sends in application to be reviewed by Ramsey County.
Step 6: Landlord receives determination letter. If the application is approved:
Ramsey County will notify tenant(s) that the landlord has received back rent and/or late fees on their behalf.
The landlord will receive a sample Landlord Estoppel Certificate. A Landlord Estoppel Certificate must be executed with each tenant for which the application was approved, notarized and made available to the county upon request.
The landlord will receive a Grant Agreement. They must get it signed and returned to the county.
The landlord must also send in a W-9 and list of itemized costs.
Step 7: Once the W-9, itemized costs and the Grant Agreement are received from the landlord, the county fully executes the Grant Agreement, sends a copy to the landlord and mails a check to the landlord.