Who is protected under this housing law? What protections does this law offer?
You may be protected under this housing law if:
1) you are the victim of:
- domestic abuse;
- criminal sexual conduct in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th degrees; or
- harassment; and
2) you fear immediate violence against you or another tenant or authorized occupant.1
If you are a person protected under this law, you (the tenant) may be able to end your lease before it expires if you fear immediate violence against you or another tenant or authorized occupant. Additionally, you will no longer have to pay your rent or any other charges for the rest of the lease period.2 However, you are responsible for the rent payment for the full month that you end your lease.3
1 Minn. Stat. § 504B.206(1)(a)
2 Minn. Stat. § 504B.206(1)(a)
3 Minn. Stat. § 504B.206(3)(b)
If I get my lease terminated, how will this affect my roommates?
If you have any co-tenants and you end your lease, the lease agreement also ends for the co-tenants. You and any other tenants will have to pay rent for the full month that you end your lease. Additionally, you and the other tenants give up your right to have the security deposit returned. You and your co-tenants will no longer have any responsibility to pay rent or any other charges for the rest of the lease period. The other tenant(s) have the option of reapplying to start a new lease with the landlord.1
1 Minn. Stat. § 504B.206(3)(b)