Minnesota Landlord Tenant Attorneys

Solving legal issues for property owners and their tenants throughout the Twin Cities metro area,the real estate attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC create solutions for landlords and tenants. They ensure tenants are able to enjoy their rental home in a peaceful and protected manner, while also preserving the profits and equity of landlords who are working hard to perhaps run a successful business or make money off of a second home. The attorneys have substantial experience assisting clients in the following types of matters:

  • Draft rental leases
  • Resolve landlord-tenant disputes
  • Evict irresponsible or nonpaying tenants
  • Fight unjust evictions
  • Demand return of security deposits that have been unfairly held
  • Collect from nonpaying tenants
  • Uphold tenants’ rights against discrimination of defend frivolous discrimination claims
  • Maintain the integrity and profitability of their properties
  • Option to Purchase Lease
  • Contract for Deed

Drafting solid leases for property owners
Both landlords and tenants can avoid potential problems by having a well-drafted contract that enumerates all rental terms. The Real estate attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC discuss the particulars of your property and its occupancy and construct clear, detailed leases that cover all aspects of your rental agreement. When you present a lease to a prospective tenant, you will feel confident that you are in compliance with Minnesota law and that your rights are protected should a dispute arise. 

Protecting tenants’ rights to security deposits
Minnesota law specifies the usage, retention and return of security deposits. If your landlord fails to follow these strict regulations, the attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC can help you collect what is owed to you. The attorneys always attempt the most cost-effective route of demanding payment from your landlord. If and only if necessary, will the attorneys pursue a claim in court.

Resolving an eviction crisis
Eviction is disruptive to both the landlord and the tenant. The landlord must spend the time and money to replace tenants who fall behind on rent, and displaced families must find a new home under traumatic circumstances. With this scenario in mind, the attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC help resolve disputes when eviction is undesirable. If you are a tenant who unfairly faces eviction, the attorneys will protect your right to remain in your home. If you are a landlord whose tenants are engaged in disruptive, illegal or damaging behavior, the attorneys will help to protect your property and/or your business. 

Contact the attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC at 952-479-0449 for your complimentary one-hour consultation.

Minnesota Eviction Laws and Processes

In Minnesota, an eviction action is a court action in which a landlord asks to recover possession of the premises from a tenant.  The three most common reasons for filing an eviction are:

·       Nonpayment of rent

o   The tenant may have the opportunity to redeem the tenancy at any time before possession of the premises has been delivered to landlord by paying past due rents, costs of eviction action, including the court filing fee, and other requirements under the lease.

·       Violation of lease

o   These clauses in a lease can give the landlord a right to evict the tenant for violating lease provisions like disturbing other tenants, causing damage to property, unauthorized persons living in the home, or unauthorized pets.

o   A landlord may evict, or turn the matter over to the county to evict, a tenant if the tenant engages in or permits illegal activities to occur on the premises or common areas (crimes include prostitution, drug use, use of firearm, or stolen property). 

·       Holding over after notice to vacate

o   A holdover tenant is one whose lease has expired, or where proper notice to vacate has been given but the tenant remains in the rental unit without landlord’s consent. 

The landlord will commence the eviction by serving a Complaint and Summons.  A complaint must be filed with the court and the landlord must show compliance with Minn. Stat. § 504B.181, which requires specific notices to be given to tenant. 

If the landlord prevails at trial, a Writ of Recovery of Premises and Order to Vacate may be requested by the landlord for a fee.  The sheriff will then serve the Notice upon the tenant and the tenant will have 24 hours to vacate.  The time to vacate could be extended to 7 days upon a showing by tenant that immediate vacation of the premises would impose a substantial hardship. 

For more information on Minnesota eviction laws, notices, processes, and other rental laws, please contact the attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC at 952-479-0449 for your complimentary one-hour consultation.

Minnesota Recovery for Unpaid Rent

Tenants are responsible for paying rent through the lease period even if the tenant moves out prior to the termination of the lease period.  Landlords can deduct unpaid rent from the security deposit pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 504B.178 or bring a claim in district court or conciliation court for the amount of unpaid rent.  It is generally advisable to bring the action in the

To learn more about claims for unpaid rent in Minnesota, please contact the attorneys at Blahnik Law Office, PLLC at 952-479-0449 for your complimentary one-hour consultation today.