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Tenant & Landlord Responsibilities

Tenant and Landlord Information
The responsibilities of being a landlord and a tenant are governed by the State and by local ordinances.  The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office publishes a handbook titled “Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities,” that outlines the expectations spelled out by the State Statutes.  The handbook is available at no cost and can be obtained by calling the Minnesota State Attorney General’s Office at (651) 296-3353 or 1 (800) 657-3787 (TTD 1-800-366-4812) or by visiting www.ag.state.mn.us. 

Tenants have an obligation to help keep a rental property in compliance with community standards, the owner is also liable for any violations.  It is ultimately the landlord’s responsibility to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions within the rental property.  Both landlords and tenants are responsible for the prevention of insect and rodent infestation.  All extermination must be completed by a licensed contractor. 

Conduct on Rental Property

The landlord is responsible for the overall conduct of their tenants.  Landlords are notified of complaints of loud parties or disorderly conduct that result in police action.  Landlords are expected to manage their tenants when these events occur.  Subsequent problems may result in the rental license being suspended or a lower license category/designation.  For more information see City Code 12-911.

Tenant Resources

Attorney General’s Office

MN Courts


More Information
Please review the common questions and answers for landlords and tenants in the Frequently Asked Link.