For many Minnesotans, April rent is due today. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has signed an executive order that suspends evictions of renters, however, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay. Eric Hauge is the executive director of the non-profit Home Line:
“If you can pay April rent, just know that rent is still due. If you can only pay a portion of your April rent, you should really contact your landlord to discuss that and get a written agreement about partial payment if you’re able to.”
Hauge says you should also contact your landlord in writing and explain your situation and request a payment plan. The Governor’s executive order is only in effect during the peacetime state of emergency, so your landlord could start the eviction process once it’s over if you don’t have a plan in place.
Hauge says they have lobbied the state legislature to pass a bill yet this session that would provide additional rent assistance and also create a grace period of at least 60 days for tenants to repay back rent.