Minneapolis City Council unanimously approves ordinance preventing tenant screening

Renter protection ordinance

This means that landlords will have to find other ways to validate a tenant. 

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a controversial new ordinance designed to protect renters. 

The renter’s protection ordinance prevents landlords from using old criminal or housing records to deny applicants. Specifically, an applicant cannot be denied if they have a misdemeanor conviction older than three years, a felony record dating back seven years, and more serious offenses that occurred 10-plus years ago. Landlords also lose the use of a credit score during the screening process and there is a new cap on security deposits at one month’s rent. 

Previously, property owners could look at someone’s criminal and credit history before renting to them, sometimes going back a decade. Renters said mistakes of the past should not affect their future, especially something from 10 or 20 years ago. 

“I am one of the folks who would benefit from this because of the fact that I have had terrible credit for a long time because of student loans and medical debt,” councilmember Phillipe Cunningham said. 


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