This Thanksgiving is a great time for you to show your support and help us prepare for a major expansion. HOME Line wants to expand to serve Minneapolis to make a free one-phone call stop a reality for all renters in Minnesota. We need your help to do it. In 2014, every renter in Minnesota, no matter where they live, will be able to use HOME Line’s tenant hotline free of charge.
We need your help to make this a reality!
We need to raise $5,000 by the end of the year to promote our services and upgrade our technology to take on this new expansion.
We’re asking for your donation to help us serve all of Minnesota!
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Here is some of the great work HOME Line is accomplishing in 2013!
- Nearly 12,000 renters will get free rental advice through our tenant hotline.
- We’ll help renters recover and save over $2.5 million in improperly withheld deposits.
- We will help prevent the eviction of over 900 households.
- Over 500 renters will get legal advice when their landlord goes into foreclosure.
- Our Tenant Organizing will help preserve hundreds of affordable housing units for low-income renters who depend on affordable housing
- Our advocacy work increased the renters credit by over $12 million dollars this year, returning money to the lowest income renters.
- HOME Line will train over 1,500 low-income renters, high school students, police, social workers, and landlords in tenant landlord law.
It’s that time of year again. It’s beginning to get cold outside. For some renters in Minnesota, it’s still very chilly inside their homes as well.
This is when we begin to hear from renters across the state who are living in chilly apartments with no way to control the heat. Tenants who pay their own heating bill directly to the utility company are usually covered by Minnesota’s Cold Weather rule, that went into effect on October 15. However, tenants living in rental housing where the landlord controls the heat have different rights.
There is no Minnesota state law requiring a landlord to maintain a minimum temperature for their tenants. Basic Minnesota tenant/landlord law requires landlords to “keep the premises and all common areas fit for the use intended by the parties,” meaning the rental unit must remain “livable” in terms of temperature. This ambiguity can end up being interpreted in different ways since it does not give a specific temperature level.
To help protect tenants rights to warm shelter, some city governments have enacted rules to keep rental housing warm during winter months. We have a guide to heat requirements for many Minnesota cities that is available here. Renters in cities not listed should call their local city hall to inquire about local rental housing heat requirements. Tenants who want to enforce their right to warm housing can also call our tenant hotline: 612-728-5767 (Twin Cities metro area) or 1-866-866-3546 (toll-free from outside metro area) or email a housing attorney here.
Do you think Minnesota should have a statewide minimum heat requirement for rental housing? Have you experienced an extremely cold rental home and had trouble enforcing your rights? Let us know! We want the MN State Legislature to consider this idea next year!