MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Minnesota Multi Housing Association released guidelines that housing providers are recommended to follow during the COVID-19 outbreak to manage the financial challenges facing some renters and maintain the public health.
In anticipation of a “Shelter in Place” order from Gov. Walz and similar to the guidance out of California, the MN Multi Housing Association (MHA) wants to ensure renters are safe and encourage them to communicate with their property managers and owners about any financial issues related to COVID-19.
In addition to the guidance below for renters, MHA has been working with its members and the State of Minnesota to ensure that apartment owners have access to the essential services needed to maintain safe and healthy operations at their properties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To ensure this stability, MHA calls upon every Minnesota rental housing provider to support the MHA ‘Shelter in Place’ Guidelines by adopting the following through May 31, 2020:
- Halt evictions on renters affected by COVID-19, absent extraordinary circumstances.
- Waive late fees for residents who pay rent after the rent due date because they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related government actions.
- Offer flexible payment plans for residents who cannot pay rent by the due date.
- Cease new rent increase notifications on all residents starting April 1.
- Direct renters to available resources to assist with food, health, and financial assistance.
- Communicate with residents proactively that you are available to assist them and want to work with them to ensure they remain housed.