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Free Renter Legal Help: Lawyers Defend Minnesota Tenant Rights

Here are some outstanding resources for renters (informally referred to as “renters”) and attorneys representing tenants against landlords in Minnesota. Let’s face it, landlords often have the advantage because they select the lease they require of tenants. For example, I regularly represent landlords. However, tenants have some strong law on their side. These resources are […]

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The Torrens Title System Minnesota: The Short Course for Surveyors

August 2009 A surveyor colleague of mine came back from a continuing education class a while ago and said that the lawyer instructor wished out loud that the Torrens system would go away. The lawyer, like some surveyors, did not like dealing with the Torrens system. For many surveyors and lawyers, the Torrens registration system […]

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Is Real Estate Broker/Agent Fee-Sharing Legal in Minnesota?

Among real estate agents and brokers, some types of referral fees, commissions, and fee sharing are permitted. However, other types of fee sharing are prohibited by Minnesota real estate statutes and regulations. Whether fee-splitting is a “legal commission” or “illegal kickback” depends on the context. Minnesota’s primary authority on sharing real estate agent and broker […]

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Minnesota Transfer-on-death deed (TODD)

A transfer-on-death deed (TODD) in Minnesota is a real estate deed that transfers ownership of the property to the named beneficiary upon the owner’s death. TODDs are governed by Minnesota Statutes § 507.071. A transfer-on-death deed allows for the transfer of title of real property to a named beneficiary at the death of the owner, or […]

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What to Include to Strengthen a Lease

In Minnesota, and elsewhere, leases are standard contracts, but they need to be well written to protect you and your tenants. Rather than using a pre-printed boiler plate lease, consider including provisions that cover these critical areas: Cancellation This is the single most important provision in a corporate or residential real-estate lease. Tenants prefer leases […]

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Negotiating Leases With Start-Up Companies

In the traditional world of commercial leases, established tenants usually rely on their own signatures or those of affiliated guarantors to satisfy landlord credit demands. But in the case of start-up tenants, any credit approach that relies on such devices is sometimes of little value to a landlord–especially since such companies typically have no parent […]

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Slander of Title Claim: Five FAQs

What is slander of title claim? Utterance of false and malicious statements disparaging the title to property in which one has an estate or interest, if the statements are untrue and cause damage, constitutes slander of title. What is required for a slander of title claim? That there was a false statement concerning the real […]

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Three Legal Options to Force Landlord Repairs

We have all had bad landlords. Some raise rent without notice. Others even pursue unfair evictions. Many don’t respond to repair requests.  Tenants can feel powerless. Fortunately, tenants have recourse, especially to force repairs—they can pursue a legal claim against their landlord. Minnesota law provides strong habitability protection for tenants. Specifically, under Minnesota statute, a tenant […]

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Lease Review: Three Key Points for Tenants

Landlords typically propose the form of lease, and typically it is neither possible nor cost effective for a tenant to amend the document. Generally, the bigger the landlord, the less flexible they will be on deviating from their proposed form of lease. So, the job of a tenant is to make sure they are aware of […]

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Six Mistakes Landlords Can Make

  Rental real estate, if managed well, can provide income and tax breaks. But watch out. Problems can arise even with good tenants. Knowing the sources of trouble can help you steer clear of unnecessary problems. Here are six mistakes some landlords make: 1. Inadequate or illegal screening Don’t let a fear of empty units […]

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