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Ordinance 22-37 through a renter justice lens

Ordinance 22-37 through a renter justice lens

In November of 2021, St. Paulites across race, income, and ward to vote YES for a strong rent stabilization policy to Keep St. Paul Home for all. Now, Council President Amy Brendmoen and Councilmember Chris Tolbert have co-authored Ordinance 22-37, which would make significant amendments to the rent stabilization policy voters passed. Learn from Housing Justice Center’s policy breakdown…

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Was your rental application denied due to something in your tenant screening report? There is hope

Was your rental application denied due to something in your tenant screening report? There is hope

Being denied housing due to something in your tenant screening report can be discouraging. But there are steps you can take to turn that “No” into a “Yes.” At the Housing Justice Center we assist many tenants with this issue through our Renters Reclaim the Record project — call us at 1-800-429-1705 to learn more. In the meantime, here’s some basic information that can also help you succeed in securing a place to call home…

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HJC in the News

7/5/22 — MN Reformer

Tenants say landlords are skirting St. Paul rent control with new utility charges

7/1/22 — KYMN Radio

Viking Terrace residents uneasy, apprehensive over management change

4/29/22 — CBS Minnesota

St. Paul rent control ordinance kicks in Sunday, capping increases at 3%

4/25/22 — MinnPost

Housing advocates want lawmakers to restart and replenish Minnesota’s halted rental assistance program

3/1/22 — Star Tribune

Brooklyn Center tenants sue landlord over expired license, discriminatory practices

2/28/22 — CCX Media

Brooklyn Park nonprofit makes plea for emergency rental assistance

2/23/22 — MyVillager

Rent control ordinance’s 3% cap will work best without any exemptions

1/28/22 — CBS Minnesota

‘We’re really worried’: rent assistance orgs face influx of calls as state program abruptly stops applications

11/26/21 — Star Tribune

Rent escrow requirement prevents tenants from challenging poor living conditions, lawyers say

11/17/21 — Minnesota Reformer

St. Paul rent control advocates push back on ‘disaster narratives’ as developers rethink projects

9/14/21 — Star Tribune

State owns failure to get aid to renters

7/20/21 — Star Tribune

Renting can be tough for reformed gang members

5/25/21 — MPR News

Tenants worry and landlords fume over eviction ban

4/29/21 — Minnesota Reformer

Where is the rental assistance?

4/5/21 — CapRadio

Nixing single-family zoning: will it make housing more affordable?

3/31/21 — Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Wilder Foundation charged with selling out its mission

3/30/21 — Minnesota Reformer

St. Paul residents launch rent stabilization campaign to cap increases at 3%

3/30/21 — KARE 11

St. Paul group aims to put rent control on ballot

12/8/20 — Star Tribune

Landlords go to court to fight Gov. Walz’s eviction moratorium

5/12/20 — Star Tribune

Minnesota legal advocates race to prepare for eviction court in COVID-19 world

2/23/20 — Pioneer Press

Karen teen outreach leads to neighborhood complaint against St. Paul landlord