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Minnesota tenants facing eviction during pandemic for police calls, drugs, property damage


September 30, 2020

Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

Renters and community members marched in August in support of Minnesota's eviction moratorium.

For Minneapolis landlord Colin Gatling, the first sign of trouble with his new tenant was the foot traffic at all hours.

One day his tenant left the unit door open, and Gatling described in a court filing what he saw: an "unsafe, filthy, garbage-filled heroin den" complete with mini baggies, tourniquets and needles.

Despite the statewide moratorium on evictions, Gatling was able to get a judge to remove his tenant under exemptions designed to protect property and other tenants. Gatling said he spent well over $1,000 filing the paperwork for the eviction and to rent a U-Haul to get rid of possessions the tenant left behind.


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