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S.F. No. 125 - Residential lease modifications
Author: Senator Kari Dziedzic
Prepared By: Priyanka Premo, Senate Counsel (651/296-3914)
Date: January 22, 2019


S.F. 125 modifies residential lease requirements under Chapter 504B.

Section 1. Written lease required. A written lease must specify the unit a residential tenant will occupy before the residential tenant signs the lease.

Sec. 2. Lease duration notice. A written lease must provide the following information on the first page of the lease: (1) the start and end date of the lease agreement and (2) if the lease requires a tenant to move out on a date other than the first or last day of the month, the amount of prorated rent.

Sec. 3. Time period for notice to quit or rent increase.

Subdivision 1. Application. This section applies to a lease which provides a time period for a landlord to give notice to quit or a notice of rent increase that is different than the time period for the tenant to give a notice of an intention to quit.

Subd. 2. Tenant option to choose notice. The tenant may give notice to quit using either: (1) the time period provided for the landlord to give notice to quit or increase the rent or (2) the time period provided for the tenant to give notice of an intention to quit.

Subd. 3. Landlord notice requirements. The landlord is prohibited from using a notice period (for a rent increase or to quit the premises) shorter than the time period the lease provides for the tenant to give notice of an intention to quit.

Subd. 4. No waiver. Waiver of the requirements of this section, either orally or in writing, is prohibited.

Sec. 4. Liability for rent; termination of tenancy. This section makes a technical change.

Effective date. This bill is effective the day following enactment.


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