HOME Line would like to introduce Zeynab and Claire, our new Tenant Advocates working on addressing the needs of Somali and Spanish speaking renters. Both staff have been trained in tenant landlord law and are now providing advocacy in Somali and Spanish on our tenant hotline. In addition, they are beginning community outreach to organizations that serve these respective communities. Please feel free to contact either staff member if you have ideas or contacts with organizations to help us connect with these immigrant communities.

All renters that need rental advocacy should contact our tenant hotline at 612 728-5767. Somali (press # 117) and Spanish (press # 111) hotline prompts direct callers in need of assistance in a specific language to the appropriate staff member.

ClaireClaire Branigan holds the position of Spanish speaking Tenant Advocate. Prior to joining HOME Line, Claire worked as a bilingual case manager in the field of immigration law where she assisted hundreds of individuals to establish legal immigration status. Claire holds a BA from Grinnell College in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. A St. Paul native, she has previously volunteered with Twin Cities organizations such as Casa de Esperanza and The Advocates for Human Rights. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Claire specializes in providing accessible, bi-lingual legal assistance and is proud to bring her expertise to HOME Line. Claire’s email is claireb@homelinemn.org.

Zeynab EgaleZeynab Egale is HOME Line’s Somali-speaking Tenant Advocate and Outreach Coordinator. Zeynab initially joined HOME Line as an intern in 2012 and assisted the organization to identify and address the rental issues affecting the immigrant community. Zeynab graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013. She holds a BA in Global Studies and African and African American studies. In addition to English, Zeynab is fluent in Italian and Somali and has lived abroad for many years. Zeynab is very passionate about advocacy and Human Rights issues and is excited to bring her cultural and language expertise to HOME Line. Zeynab’s email is zeynabe@homelinemn.org.

 

HOME Line’s language outreach is funded with the generous support of:

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Tenants often want to or are required to give a notice required by a statute.

For example, a tenant might want to give a repair notice because if repairs are not done within 14 days after the notice is received, the tenant may file a Rent Escrow case. See Minnesota Statute section 504B.385. For another example, a tenant might want to give a “month’s notice” on a month-to-month lease under Minnesota Statute section 504B.135. These are only two examples of a variety of notices tenants give from time to time.

Tenants are tempted to use certified mail to deliver the notice. As discussed in more detail in a memo here, IF the statute in question requires certified mail, then certified mail must be used. Otherwise, not only does certified mail not have to be used, generally it should not be used.

Free tenant hotline now open to renters in Minneapolis

April 1, 2014

Beginning April 1, 2014, Minneapolis renters (and all renters in Minnesota) can now contact HOME Line to receive free legal advice about their tenant rights! Tenant Hotline: 612-728-5767 (metro area) …or toll-free from Greater Minnesota: 1-866-866-3546 or email an attorney directly from our website. HOME Line’s expansion to begin serving Minneapolis is provided through generous support […]

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With expansion of our free tenant hotline service to all Minneapolis renters only 4 days away, we’re sharing information and advice on the top 5 issues renters call us about. Minneapolis renters will soon have access to this wealth of legal knowledge and practical advice stemming from 22 years of providing legal advocacy services to renters across […]

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With expansion of  our free tenant hotline service to all Minneapolis renters only 5 days away, we’ll count down each of the 5 days with information and advice on the top 5 issues renters call us about. Minneapolis renters will soon have access to this wealth of legal knowledge and practical advice stemming from 22 years […]

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HOME Line to expand free hotline service to Minneapolis beginning April 1

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Free Tenant Hotline to open in Minneapolis on April 1st Minneapolis, MN – HOME Line, a non-profit Tenant Advocacy organization, announced today that it will be opening their Tenant Advocacy Hotline to Minneapolis renters effective April 1, 2014. Renters can call or email HOME Line on any rental issues they are facing and get free legal advice […]

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1/31/14 Deadline for CRP form (for your Renters Credit refund)

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The Minnesota renter’s credit/refund is a state property tax refund for tenants. This refund assists renters with the tax burden they pay directly to their landlord because of the property taxes imposed on rental housing. Landlords are required to provide Certificate Rent Paid (CRP) forms to tenants no later than this Friday, January 31, 2014. If you rented at […]

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