‘What Repairs Are Required in My Apartment’ is a brand new visual guide created as a collaborative effort between the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Minneapolis neighborhoods and housing organizations who support tenant organizing.
The guide aims to increase awareness and use of City of Minneapolis ordinance that governs health, safety and welfare conditions in rental housing, known as the Housing Maintenance Code. Content of the guide has been reviewed and approved by the City of Minneapolis Department of Regulatory Services for consistency with city laws and policies.
Residents and neighborhood board members identified the need for this guide after observing that city housing inspectors do not prioritize communication with renters or promote understand of renter rights provided by existing city laws. “Many of my neighbors are afraid to take action to make the landlord perform health and safety repairs in our buildings,” shares Edaín Altamirano, Board Member of Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and a project team member for this guide.
Sections of the guide review common repair problems as defined by the city’s Housing Maintenance Code, as well as actions steps a renter should take and record to have the repair problem addressed. This includes how to communicate repair needs to the landlord, how to obtain a housing inspection through Minneapolis’ 3-1-1 system, and how to pursue remedies through Hennepin County Housing Court.