St. Paul schedules three policy forums on tenants’ rights

Minneapolis last month passed a series of renters’ protections aimed at helping people find housing.

The tenants’ rights measures cap the maximum size of security deposits and mandate that renters cannot be denied housing based on misdemeanors more than three years old, felonies more than seven years old or assault and robbery convictions more than 10 years old.

As St. Paul officials explore crafting their own tenant protection measures, they’re seeking feedback from renters and landlords.

Discussions are scheduled for Oct. 17, Oct. 22 and Oct. 25.

The city held a series of discussions on stable, accessible, fair and equitable housing this summer with fair housing advocates, landlords and others focused on tenant protections and barriers to housing.

This new set of conversations will narrow the focus to areas such as tenant rights and responsibilities, just cause notices, advance notices of sale, security deposit limitations and tenant screening guidelines.

The sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave.; 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E.; and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice St.

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