Renters

Marcy-Holmes boasts a large and diverse community of renters, which make up almost 90% of our residents. Whether you've lived here for years or only plan to stay for a few months, MHNA is here to serve your needs and make you feel at home. Below, we've provided some resources you can use to stay informed and stably housed.

Renters: We want to hear from you! 

Please take our brief online survey to share your experience renting in Marcy-Holmes. Your input will help us address your needs and improve our programming to better serve you. 


Know Your Rights!

Federal, state, and local laws provide many protections to renters. Being familiar with these allows you to defend your right to quality housing and hold your landlord accountable. Below are some helpful resources to help you learn about your rights as a renter:

If you still have questions, here are some numbers to call:


Have you been served an eviction notice?

Here's what you can do:

  1. Seek legal advice immediately. You are not required to have a lawyer in housing court, but having one greatly increases your chances of winning and staying housed. Low-income tenants can obtain free or low-cost legal representation by calling Hennepin County Adult Representation Services at (612)-348-7012 or Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid at 612-334-5970. 
  2. Show up to your hearing on time. If you don't show up or are late, you will lose your case by default. 
  3. If you owe rent money and applied for emergency rental assistance, you may be protected. Those with a pending RentHelpMN application cannot be evicted for nonpayment until June 1, 2022. However, you must provide the court with proof that you applied.
  4. If you withheld rent due to repair problemsbring all the money owed to court. It is your responsibility to defend this action in court; if your defense doesn't hold up, you may be ordered to pay all the rent owed.
  5. Try to settle your case before the hearing. It is in your best interest to work out an agreement with your landlord before your court date. There are many mediation services available to make this process easier for you. Bring a written copy the agreement, signed by both parties, to your hearing so the court can approve it. Be sure your settlement agreement asks for the eviction expunged (removed) from your record; it will be harder to get it removed later and will cause you problems down the road.

For more detailed advice on navigating the eviction process, visit: https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/fact-sheet/evictions


Need help finding affordable housing?

There is a range of affordable rental options available in our corner of Minneapolis, including multifamily apartments, smaller rentals, supportive housing, and subsidized housing. HousingLink provides a comprehensive database of housing vacancies and waiting list openings in the Twin Cities. It even allows you to filter out housing that accept Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers and that provide subsidies like Section 42, Section 202 for seniors, and project-based Section 8.

If you are being denied housing due to your Section 8 voucher or something on your tenant screening report, the Housing Justice Center may be able to help. Call their Renters Reclaim the Record hotline at 1-800-429-1705 or email [email protected]