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Rental Basics in Minnesota : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Nov 13, 2017
Mmclaughlin20 asked:
2000 plus 30-45 days to move. This isn't fair! Shouldn't he have to pay remainder of lease (9-31-18)? We live check-check. Too short notice.
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Wed Oct 18, 2017
Lindelof02 asked:
I listed 5725 West 8th Street for rent on Trulia. I went to the help section to try to help out with removing listing. It states to click on my rooms for rent and to edit listing. There…
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Wed Jul 5, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Ignore the replies below. The answers are all wrong. The truth has to do with insurance coverage for the owner / landlord and the tenants. You need to know that the standard insurance policy that owners / landlords are required to have covers liability and damage to the building / home and for any human being that gets injured on their property that does NOT involve animals. Because landlords insurance policies do NOT cover liability or damage from animals, landlords find it's much cheaper and easier to reject tenants with pets OR restrict the breed type and weight. This prevents lawsuits against the landlord.

Since you own a pit bull, it's your responsibility to purchase pet insurance with liability and damage coverage. Landlords will be willing to accept tenants with proof of insurance coverage. This way, if any human being gets injured or your pet causes damage, that person will sue you and your insurance coverage will pay for it. Warning: pet insurance for pitbulls is expensive. If you can't afford insurance coverage, you need to let go of your pitbull.

Your other issue is no job. No landlord will rent to you without an income. How will you pay your rent? Landlords want proof.
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Sat Apr 15, 2017
Frahmmetoyoujewelry asked:
We are selling our home and will be moving into another place at the end of June, but need a short term furnished 1-2 BR rental in the northern St. Paul suburbs area. We need it from May…
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Sun Mar 19, 2017
Terri Sarazin answered:
It won't be homesteaded, so taxes will go up. Inc that in your rental price, Check with city for zoning.
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Sun Oct 23, 2016
Jordan Sendar asked:
How do I take a post away??
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Mon Aug 15, 2016
Ross kantola answered:
Usually the lease goes with the sale of the home! The lease is on the property similar to a lien! Is your lease month to month? If it is a year lease with time left they can not force you to vacate(you don't get to decide you want to leave 2 months into a year lease they can't do that either)! That is the whole point of a lease! ... more
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Wed Mar 16, 2016
Ben.kieffer asked:
I posted a rental listing on Zillow and then cancelled it but Im still getting emails from people seeing it on your site. I tried to sign in and claim the property so I can cancel it but…
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Fri Oct 23, 2015
Josh Lund answered:
Hello Tracker150,
Good afternoon.
Are you still in the market rent? How about instead buy a home? If so, I would love to see if we can help you out. We can do loans down to 600 Credit Score. We also don't need 3 trade lines like many banks require. I would like to see if I can help you out with a home mortgage. I will try and make this a very easy process. Please let me know how to help out.
Thanks much.
Josh Lund
MN District Branch Manager
NMLS # 387408
Gold Star Financial Group
Mobile: 612.802.3265
Office: 952.884.5442
eFax: 877.666.0007
jlund@goldstarfinancial.com
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Mon Jun 22, 2015
Josh Lund answered:
Hello Greg,

The typical SFH has 2-4 bedrooms, usually has at least 1 full bath, has 1-2 car garage. In MN this would typically range from 125k to 400k depending on location and size of home. Many homes in MN also have a basement, which not typical in Southern States. If you would like info on a property or have mortgage questions, we would love to see if we can help.

Josh Lund
Branch Manager
Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group
333 Washington Ave N Suite # 101
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Office # 952 884 5442
jlund@goldstarfinancial.com
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Fri Jun 19, 2015
Josh Lund answered:
Hello Greg,

The Typical Multi-family home is going to be 2-4 units. Bedrooms are going to be 2-3 per unit usually, and usually only one bathroom ( FULL ) per unit. Garage will be 1-2 max, and more frequently have a single garage that is in a separate building. Also NO garage space is common.

If you would like to discuss further, we can see if this can be an easy process for you.
Please contact me at
Josh Lund
Branch Manager
Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group
333 Washington Ave N Suite # 101
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Office # 952 884 5442
email - jlund@goldstarfinancial.com
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Tue Jan 14, 2014
Doyle Real Estate Team answered:
It is important to do background and credit checks prior to renting your home. Not everyone is meant to be a landlord, it may be better to sell your home
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Thu Dec 5, 2013
Don Tepper answered:
Most likely: Yes. They can ask. Well, in fact, we know they can ask. Your question seems to be whether they can ask on a site that may not be secure. Probably yes.

You can decline to provide that information online, as you did. And they can decline to accept you.

And more specifically: How did you plan on sending that information? By mail? Fax? Are those any more secure? Not necessarily. And that only protects the transmission. Once your information arrives--whether by a web form, mail, or fax--you have no control over how the recipient will handle or protect it.

I'm guessing that they have a way of doing business, of processing applications. You're asking for an exception, a different way of handling that. At the very least, you've disrupted their process. At worst, you've pegged yourself (in their eyes) as a trouble-maker--someone who's starting raising issues even before the application's been approved.

Understand: I appreciate your concern. It's not out of line. But they have their way of processing applications, and you've decided to seek another way. There's a risk to that.

Hope that helps.
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Tue Nov 26, 2013
Ken Carpenter answered:
Minneapolis has a landlord/tenant hotline that can help you with this question. They have attorneys on site that can offer free consultations. Call 311 for more information.
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Mon Jul 29, 2013
Susan Hofflander answered:
Hi, Devi!
I'm not sure what type of information you're looking for. Is this your first rental?? If so, good for you for taking the leap in to your life!!

Here's what I would do if I were you, take a pen and paper and write out an entire list of all of the expenses you think you will have and how much they will be for a month (i.e. car payment, rent, electricity, gas bill, food, gas for the car, insurance, laundry, eat out, paper goods, groceries, cable TV, internet, etc.). If you're not sure how much these things will cost, look online to get estimates. For example, a month of groceries for one person eating normally will usually cost $150-$200. Some pay less if they eat out more, some pay more if they like lots of gourmet foods, that kind of variable. Your electric bill will most likely be more in the summer than in the winter months.

Then, factor in the "things" you're going to need to live on your own, like furniture, dishes, pots and pans, lamps, etc. Based on this list you will be able to determine if this fits in with what you're earning. If not, then you should find something cheaper or wait until you've saved enough money to make it worth your while.

Good luck!
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Wed Jul 10, 2013
Elizabeth Fuller answered:
Most MN municipalities require property offered for rental to meet certain standards. Check with city hall in your town to find out what is required. Liz, 612=986-4105

PS These requirements protect you as well as your tenants. Call me if you want to know why and how. ... more
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Wed Apr 24, 2013
Lyndsay Szymanski answered:
LostinBrainerd - I'm sorry to hear you are having so many problems with your rental! Here are some of the "Renter's Rights" in MN from the State Attorney General's Office.
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