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City fine tunes rental rules

April 1, 2014

FAIRMONT — Fairmont is not out to get the landlords, according to city staff and elected officials. “As a city, we can be more favorable to landlords as we go along. ......

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Apr-02-14 2:30 PM

A rental lease or agreement is but a mere slip of paper between landlord and tenant. If the relationship deteriorates that the city needs to get involved then there are other problems that need to be addressed.

Renting was my preferred situation for many years. I only signed one lease in that time and it was w/ that particular landlord that I had trouble with. In the end, I exercised my option of "moving on" because the landlord was not about to spend a few thousand to fix a septic system.

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Apr-01-14 6:37 PM

Most Landlords in Minnesota have a written provision in their rental agreements (recommended by State Atty General) about the "Right to Enter", and for what reasons Landlord only needs to make an attempt to notify tenant before entering: 1) to perform maintenance and repair work; 2)to check on a disturbance on the Property; 3)check on violations of Rental Agreement; 4)to show the Property to prospective buyers and Residents, insurance agents, government officials and local inspectors; 5) to check if Tenants have moved out. The Landlord must make an effort to notify Tenants in these cases.

The Rental Agreement will also spell out when they do not need permission to do so, such as concerns over maintenance, building security or law enforcement, tenant's safety,or complying with State or local ordinance.

However, without such a written provision for "Right to Enter" in the Rental Agreement, the State has said Landlords could only enter with permission from Tena

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Apr-01-14 8:56 AM

The city can call something an inspection all they want. I don't think I would be obliged to let them in... As a renter, I would never sign a lease that has such an "inspection" provision.

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