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Small group of slumlords have big effect on city

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


According to City of Minneapolis housing officials, there are at least 200 “problematic properties” among the estimated 85,000 units and 23,000 buildings that are annually inspected. A house fire last month in North Minneapolis that killed five children shed a tragic light on an issue that has persisted for many years. “The City of Minneapolis does not tolerate landlords who violate rental licensing standards,” states the city’s housing inspections website. “Maintaining a rental license…is a privilege.” Most rental properties are inspected once every eight years to ensure these standards are maintained. “We only have so many inspectors,” admitted Minneapolis Deputy Housing Inspections Director JoAnn Velde. Continue Reading →

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