The Latest On The Eviction Moratorium
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a huge wrench into the Twin Cities rental market, especially Governor Walz’s eviction moratorium, which was just extended earlier this month. Issued back in March, the order suspends most evictions, except in limited circumstances.
While the state government says the moratorium does not waive or reduce the price of rent, landlords still cannot evict tenants for non-payment, leaving them in a precarious situation.
The only circumstances under which a landlord can file an eviction is if a tenant puts other residents’ safety in serious danger, or causes significant damage to the property.
Property owners can evict tenants for non-payment once the eviction order has been lifted, but there is no knowing when that may be. With winter inching closer, the likelihood of the moratorium ending before spring does not look likely.
That being said, a group of landlords filed a lawsuit against Governor Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison back in September, over the executive order. The lawsuit claims the order violates the contracts clause in the U.S. Constitution, along with the landlord’s rights for evictions to be heard in court.
While the lawsuit plays out in court and the eviction moratorium continues, Housing Hub is following the latest developments and doing everything we can for our property owners. We understand this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, and are moving forward with any steps we can take to protect your investments.
Housing Hub is here for you! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call.