Focus on New Laws: Minnesota’s Eviction Moratorium Off-Ramp

August 23, 2021

This article was updated Aug. 27, 2021 to remove content about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) eviction moratorium after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the CDC’s moratorium on Aug. 26, 2021.

On June 29 the Minnesota Legislature passed the state eviction off-ramp, ending the executive order that paused evictions and lease terminations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The off-ramp creates a timeline and process to allow landlords to terminate leases and file evictions in several phases.

In addition to the phaseout timelines, from June 30 through October 12 a landlord must provide a written notice at least 15 days before filing an eviction for nonpayment of rent. The notice must include:

  • The state eviction moratorium has ended, and the tenant may soon be subject to an eviction action’
  • The amount owed; and
  • The contact information for RentHelpMN.org and 211.

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Key dates for the Minnesota eviction moratorium off-ramp

The following effective dates are forthcoming for two phases of the Minnesota eviction moratorium:

  • Sept. 12, 2021: Landlords can file evictions for nonpayment of rent (if ineligible for rental assistance).
  • Oct. 12, 2021: Landlords can file evictions for any reason except nonpayment of rent if tenant has a pending application for rental assistance.

These are the prior effective dates for the Minnesota eviction moratorium:

  • June 1, 2021: Landlords can file evictions for material breach of lease (other than nonpayment of rent).
  • June 30, 2021:
    • Landlords can file evictions and terminate leases for:
      • Tenants that seriously endanger the safety of others.
      • Tenants that significantly damage property.
      • Tenants that allow illegal activity on premises.
      • Manufactured home residents that fail to comply with applicable laws.
    • Landlords can file evictions for nonpayment of rent and the tenant is eligible for a COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program, but refuses to apply or comply with the application process.
  • July 14, 2021: Landlords can file evictions for material breach of lease (other than nonpayment of rent).
  • Aug. 13, 2021: Landlords can non-renew/terminate leases for nonpayment of rent.

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