When is my landlord required to turn the heat on?

by Eric Hauge on October 14, 2014

Is it chilly in your apartment? We are hearing from renters across the state who are living in cold apartments with no way to control the heat.

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Tenants who pay their own heating bill directly to the utility company are usually covered by Minnesota’s Cold Weather rule, that goes 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.

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HOME Line will host a legal education webinar – a 5 CLE-credit seminar, rebroadcast live over the web on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The seminar has been approved for 3.0 hours of Ethics and 2.0 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE credits. Those who register attend by internet and submit written questions via the webinar Q&A chat system.  The webinar will include live video, audio lecture from attorney presenters, and on-screen presentations. Written electronic materials will be provided to registrants in advance. A system test for ensuring your computer has the capability to join the webinar is available here.

The seminars and times will be as follows with five-minute scheduled breaks between each session, all on Thursday, November 13, 2014Fourth Annual Full Ethics and Elimination of Bias Training – Not Just for Public Interest Attorneys

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — “Working with Limited English Proficiency Clients and Clients with Disabilities”  by Lael Robertson, Supervising Attorney of the Housing Discrimination Law Project, Legal Aid Society. (1.0 hour CLE Elimination of Bias credit approved).
  • 11:05 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. — “The Elusive Search for Justice in Pro Se Litigation” by Judge Jay Quam. Judge Quam is the former Presiding Judge of Probate / Mental Health Court in Hennepin County, now assigned to hearing major felony cases.  (1.0 hour CLE Elimination of Bias credit approved).
  • 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. — “The Ethical View from (Adjacent to) the Bench” by Matthew Clementson, long-time Hennepin County District Court law clerk (1.0 hour CLE Ethics credit approved).
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — “Top Ten Ethical Issues Family Law Attorneys Need to Know” by James Vedder, an attorney specializing in family law at Moss & Barnett (1.0 hour CLE Ethics credit approved).
  • 2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. — “Ethical Concerns in Representing and Advising Landlord and Tenants” by Lawrence McDonough, Pro Bono Litigation Counsel with Dorsey and Whitney and former Managing Attorney of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Housing Unit. (1.0 hour CLE Ethics credit approved).

Prices are set at very affordable rates, depending on which credits you wish to obtain:

  • $100 for the entire 5-hour seminar,
  • $50 for 2 hours of Elimination of Bias seminars,
  • $60 for 3 hours of Ethics seminars,
  • or $25/hour for each individual hour.
We offer a 10% discount on any of these prices for former volunteers of HOME Line. Please contact Deb (612-728-5770 x109) to inquire about the volunteer discount.
Begin your registration below. To complete registration you will be directed to our online PayPal payment system (an account with PayPal is NOT required). Please contact Deb for other payment methods (612-728-5770 x109). Registration is completed upon full payment.
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