RENTERS RIGHTS: Why you should care about Minnesota court case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
If you're a renter in Minnesota, or even a landlord, there's a case before the Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday that you should care about.
Renters are fighting a law that allows inspectors to enter and inspect people's homes without any evidence that a code violation has taken place. That means they don't need a warrant, they can just come on in and check out the place, without notifying you.
Several cities across the state allow government officials to conduct housing inspections of all rented homes in the city, even if the tenant refuses to consent to the search and even if the government has no reason to believe there is a problem with the rental home or even with the building.
Renters are arguing that because of this law, it is easier for the government to force its way into the homes of law-abiding citizens than it is to search the home of a suspected criminal. They go on to add that the U.S. and Minnesota constitutions protect everyone, not just criminals.
So, what happens if the Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of the renters? What do you need to know as a renter, as far as your rights go, when someone wants to enter your home? Watch the video for more information.