City Council members have pushed the ordinance as a way to reduce barriers amid Minneapolis' affordable housing crisis.
Minneapolis landlords will face new limits on their ability to reject tenants because of their criminal history, past evictions or credit scores under a new ordinance that passed the City Council unanimously Friday.
The council’s action follows a polarizing summerlong debate that highlighted tensions between tenants and landlords over how to address an affordable housing crisis in a now renter-majority city.
City Council members have pushed the ordinance as a way to reduce barriers that often prevent people with criminal backgrounds, low-income households, people of color and people with evictions from finding a decent place to live.
Among other tenant protections, the ordinance prohibits landlords from turning away prospective tenants because of older criminal convictions and eviction actions. A number of other cities also have adopted tenant screening protections, including Seattle, Portland and Washington, D.C.
Landlords, who have mobilized against the ordinance, warned that taking away their discretion to screen tenants will lead to higher rents.
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"Minneapolis City Council passes limits on tenant screening by landlords"; By Marissa Evans; StarTribune; Sept 13, 2019