Attack on landlords in Minneapolis is bound to backfire

Lowering screening standards won't boost access to affordable housing in Minneapolis. 

Wrongheaded ordinances being drafted by two Minneapolis City Council members to limit the ways landlords screen prospective tenants would harm, not benefit, the city’s rental housing landscape. Though the goal is to improve access to housing, the regulations most likely would do the opposite.

Despite pressure from well-intentioned but misguided affordable-­housing advocates, Mayor Jacob Frey and other members of the City Council must ensure that the screening and security deposit proposals go no further.

Council President Lisa Bender and Council Member Jeremiah Ellison have proposed prohibiting landlords from rejecting applicants for felony convictions if the cases are more than five years old and for misdemeanors more than two years old. Property managers could not deny rental units to applicants with arrests that did not result in convictions, or those with expunged or vacated convictions, or those who committed crimes as juveniles. Also off-limits would be insufficient credit history, credit scores lower than 500 and eviction judgments more than three years old.

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"Attack on landlords in Minneapolis is bound to backfire"; EDITORIAL; Star Tribune; June 7, 2019

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