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Landlord-Tenant Information Help Line - a nonprofit organization, provides information and resource services to Minnesota landlords and Minnesota tenants. Information includes a 256-page property management reference manual, a landlord apartment rental kit and a tenant apartment information and move-in package. 

Also available are two handbooks: "How to Protect Your Family From Lead" and "Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities." There is a charge for some printed materials.

Call 612-341-9003 between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekdays. 
You can also write to 1421 Park Av. S., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Certain rights and duties apply to landlords and tenants everywhere in Minnesota. The Attorney Generals Handbook attempts to explain those rights.

Minn. Stat. § 504B.181, subd. 2(b) (2003) requires landlords to notify tenants that this handbook is available to them. Download it here

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This booklet should not be considered legal advice to use in resolving specific landlord-tenant problems or questions. It is a summary of the laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship. Statutes and some case law examples are cited in the back of the brochure for further reference. If a cite does not appear, the information is likely derived from common law or case law.

Minnesota  Security Deposits

Landlords have the right to require tenants to pay a security deposit (sometimes called a "damage deposit").
This is money paid by the tenant and held by the landlord to pay for any damage, beyond ordinary wear and tear, the tenant might do to the rental unit. It can be used to pay for any unpaid rent, or any money the tenant owes to the landlord under the lease or another agreement. 

The security deposit cannot be used by the tenant to pay the rent.

*From the Attorney General Landlord Tenant Guide


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