The Felon Next Door

Read the summary of the proposed "Renter Protections" ordinance (2018-00308) here.

Make your voice heard at the public hearing on this matter:

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019

1:30 PM

Housing Policy & Development Committee

Regular Meeting

Location: Room 317, City Hall

Here is an excerpt from the ordinance:

Limits on screening for criminal history - Cannot consider misdemeanors with dates of sentencing older than 3 years - Cannot consider felonies with dates of sentencing older than 7 years - Cannot consider convictions for first degree arson, first degree assault and first degree aggravated robbery with dates of sentencing older than 10 years.

The proposals undermine affordable and safe neighborhoods in three critical ways.

Higher Costs & Less Stability

Renters and neighbors want a safe, stable and quiet living environment. Stability is key to affordability, and eliminating tools that help ensure stability will raise rents. 

People decide where to rent knowing future residents will go through the same background check. Unfortunately, the proposals upend this expectation by not allowing property managers to screen for most violent crimes and other serious criminal offenses. 

They stop property managers from ensuring applicants will be good neighbors to all.

Stifles New Construction

The city continues to increase costs for multi-family property owners and renters, as well as add multiple barriers to new construction. The new ordinances would further stifle new development. 

Increased uncertainty of managing property, higher costs of insurance, and challenges in retaining renters will make Minneapolis even less attractive for new investment. 

Without new investment and more units, the rental market will remain tight and needless regulation will only increase costs.

Limits Rental Opportunities

Arbitrary security and damage deposits will limit opportunities to renters with challenging rental, legal or credit history. 

By matching deposits to potential risk, property managers are able to offer many people with troubled histories a second chance. 

Taking away options makes it harder to house people with troubled pasts, not easier.  

Read more from this Star Tribune Editorial Board piece dated June 10, 2019: Attack on landlords in Minneapolis is bound to backfire

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