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Tenant & Landlord Responsibilities
The responsibilities that go along with being a landlord and a tenant are governed not only by the State, but also by local ordinances. The Minnesota Attorney General's Office publishes a handbook titled "Landlords and Tenants: Rights and Responsibilities," that outlines the expectations spelled out by State Statutes. The handbook is available at no cost and can be obtained by calling the Minnesota State Attorney General's Office at (651) 296-3353 or 1 (800) 657-3787 (TDD 1-800-366-4812) or by visiting

Although tenants have an obligation to help keep a rental property in compliance with community standards, the owner is also liable for any violations. It is ultimately the landlord’s responsibility to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions within the rental property. This includes owner-occupied portions of the rental property as well as public/shared areas in buildings with two or more units. Both landlords and tenants are responsible for the prevention of insect and rodent infestation as well as any necessary extermination. Landlords and tenants should choose each other wisely.

Conduct on Rental Property
The landlord is responsible for the overall conduct of their tenants. Landlords are notified of complaints of loud parties or disorderly conduct that result in police action. Landlords are expected to manage their tenants when these events occur. Subsequent problems may result in the rental license being suspended or a lower license category designation.

More Information
  • Please review the common questions and answers for landlords and tenants in the Frequently Asked Link.
  • Tenant Safety Tips