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 has the following non-waivable and non-modifiable rights:
If a landlord’s property does not meet the habitability requirements, then all or part of a tenant’s rent is not owed. However, withholding rent is risky and can result in the filing of an eviction action. There are less risky legal options a tenant may use to resolve repair problems. The three most basic are listed below: