Minnesota State Laws Affecting Tenants in Domestic Violence Situations

Here are Minnesota rules protecting tenants who are victims of domestic violence.

Minnesota extends special protections to tenants who are victims of domestic violence. Here are some of the domestic violence (DV) laws that apply to tenants:

  • Lease cannot include a waiver of some or all DV rights
  • Landlord entitled to proof of DV status
  • Landlord cannot terminate a victim of DV
  • Early termination right for DV victim
  • DV is an affirmative defense to an eviction lawsuit
  • Lease cannot prohibit calling the police in a DV situation or otherwise penalize DV victim
  • Landlord must keep information about the domestic violence confidential
  • In a multi-tenant situation, termination by one tenant terminates the lease of all, though other tenants may reapply to enter into a new lease. All security deposit is forfeited.

Check the Minnesota statute (Minn. Stat. Ann. § §â

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