Tenant Resources

Welcome to the neighborhood! This page has resources and opportunities for tenants renting in SE Como

Fall Housing Forum Series

Starting in Fall, SECIA is partnering with different groups to host a series focused on housing. There will a variety of topics ranging from home-ownership, tenant resources, and relevant ballot quotes.
Thursday, September 16th, 7:00pm
Tenant’s Rights & Resources with Bill Dane, Student Legal Services & Tenant Listening.

Session
Wednesday, October 20th, 7:00pm

Understanding the 3 Minneapolis Charter Amendment Questions on the November Ballot: Rent Stabilization, City government structure reform & Public Safety Department: Casey Joe Carl, Minneapolis City Clerk

Want to talk about how SECIA could help diversify access to affordable housing through paths to home ownership? What kinds of improvements to rentals in SE Como are most needed? SECIA’s future priorities and actions in how we use available neighborhood funds and resources must respond to the housing issues that matter most to SE Como tenants and residents. Reach out to landuse-chair@secomo.org to let us know what housing topics you want to discuss at future forums!

Tenants’ Rights in Minnesota

This booklet from LawHelpMN gives general information to help you better understand your legal rights as a person renting a place to live: https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/booklet/tenants-rights-minnesota.

Repairs

If your landlord does not make repairs, there are steps you can take to make your landlord fix the problem.

View a guide at: https://www.lawhelpmn.org/sites/default/files/2021-0.

More renting guides on specific topics like evictions, deposits, safety, and more can be found at https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/housing.

Need Rent Help Due to COVID-19 Hardship?

Emergency rental assistance is available. Learn more and apply at RentHelpMN.org.

You have a right to know if your rental property is affected by environmental contamination and what’s being done about it. In SE Como, there are two historical sites of trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination affecting some properties through “vapor intrusion”, in both the related General Mills Superfund Site and the SE Hennepin groundwater and vapor site. Rental property owners are required by Mpls ordinance 244.275 to disclose this information to renters in the TCE contamination zone before a new lease is signed. If you have questions or want to report a violation of the ordinance, call 311. Learn more and get links to detailed renter notification requirements in English, Español, Hmoob, and Soomaaliga here.

You are represented by your neighborhood organization, SE Como Improvement Association (“SECIA”).

SECIA represents ALL neighborhood residents, whether you are a lifelong homeowner resident or you just moved in as a brand new tenant — SECIA works for you!