Minneapolis landlord takes action to protect licenses
The appropriate license can be essential for a Minnesota business. Without the right licensing the business may be unable to operate, lose money or be forced to close altogether. If a city, county or state threatens to remove a business’ license, quick action might be necessary. In some cases, a licensing action defense case may be necessary.
Recently, a Minneapolis landlord has vowed to appeal a decision to strip him of his rental licenses. According to reports, the city took action against the man after a string of violations. The man is one of the most well-known low-income rental property holders in the city — with 43 properties.
According to the city, the man has failed to keep his rental properties in good enough condition. They claim that the city has had to issue more than 1,000 violations to the man over the last two years. They say his properties are subject to health and safety concerns. Reports also say that the man is being sued by former tenants who claimed that they were injured in a fire in one of his rental properties. In the suit, they claim the property lacked proper exits and fire alarms.
The man, on the other hand, tells a different story. He claims that he is trying to keep properties low income. He says that many of the homes are more than 100 years old and require frequent repairs. The man says that he attempts to repair these homes but is often granted limited access by tenants. In other cases, he says, tenants and others vandalize the properties. Cooper thieves have also moved in when the properties are vacant.
The man will appeal the decision to revoke his licenses to an administrative law judge. Any appeals process can be lengthy and complicated. When so much is at stake, people should make sure to understand their rights when it comes to protecting their license and their economic future.
Star Tribune, “Minneapolis moves to shut down low-rent landlord,” Eric Roper, Feb. 17, 2015
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