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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

For the last year, thanks to the hard work of all of our staff, and you, our clients, no one who works at this office has gotten Covid while working here, and we have not spread a single case to any of our clients, while getting all of our client's legal needs taken care of. With the spread of vaccination the end is in sight, normal times where we can meet our clients in person in the office are just around the corner.

During the transition we will be having some in person, in office appointments for clients who have already been vaccinated, and for whom the CDC recommended period of time has passed since their last shot. Of course, for anyone who would prefer a phone or video appointment for safety, convenience, or any other reason those types of appointments are always available.

For our clients who have not yet completed the vaccination cycle phone and video appointments are of course available, and, with the return of warm weather we will again be offering outside appointments under the tent right outside our front door. For all appointments, masks will continue to be required.

Through the transition safety of all staff and clients will continue to be our top priority, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please see our blog for more info on pandemic response.

Who is considered a Landlord

| Mar 1, 2021 | Firm News

When some people think of landlords they think of tycoons, big shots who collect rent in limousines or German sports cars.

While some landlords may fit that definition, the majority of landlords do not. Thousands of landlords in Minnesota and other states own a handful of units, or less. They may have purchased a couple houses to rent out, maybe they own a duplex, live in one half and rent the other half out.

Many become landlords without even planning to, here is how it can happen. Parent of struggling adult child lets the adult child move in to help them get back on their feet. There is no written lease, not expectation that rent will be paid. Without knowing it, under Minnesota law the parent has become a landlord. This means that they cannot just ask the adult child to leave when they have overstayed their welcome, or are being disruptive. The parent has to go through a formal process of giving notice, and, if the adult child still does not vacate, filing for eviction. Even worse, with an eviction moratorium in place, unless you can fit into one of the narrow exceptions to the moratorium, you cannot give notice to vacate and evict at this time. Bottom line, if you let family, friends, or anyone else move into your house to do them a favor, you could be stuck with them for a very long time. If you are going to have anyone else except your immediate family living in your home get good legal advice, use a written lease, do not become the Accidental Landlord.


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