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Maggiemn, Renter in Minneapolis, MN

Our property manager has not showed up twice for lease signing/walk-through. We are prior tenants, been there for 1-2 years. What are our rights?

Asked by Maggiemn, Minneapolis, MN Sun Aug 8, 2010

My boyfriend and I live in a four bedroom house, from which two of the original tenants are moving. They were the ones on the lease, so we are signing a new one (with our new house-mates) that was supposed to be effective August 1. Our property managers/landlords are notoriously 'absentee' - ie repairs take a long time or don't happen at all - but we enjoy low rent in a nice neighborhood so in the past we've mostly made do with our wits.
Our property manager canceled our first lease overview/signing/rent and deposit transfer because she couldn't find child care. We rescheduled for later that week, but I was held overtime at work and she said she couldn't push it back half an hour. The next appt, for today, she didn't show at all. We are a bit worried about our housing status, annoyed that some major repairs haven't been done yet, and do not know what the next steps should be. How long can we go on in this limbo state? What's our legal status? Are we responsible for late rent?

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For any legal questions you may have, do consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate, he/she will be your best source of information as it specifically relates to you. As for the late rent--how was it normally paid--was it picked up at the location, mailed, etc., consider paying via method already in place--as for property manager and appointment cancellations--if you really would like to stay on the premises, consider suggesting a meeting halfway, or going to the manager's location, etc.
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