Repair Litigation
Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) are working together to offset the growing problem of unrepresented litigants in housing court through the More Representation Minneapolis initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to “provide legal representation to low-income Minneapolis tenants who seek to get their landlords to make needed repairs in compliance with state law and local ordinances.” Volunteers provide full representation to clients with habitability/repair issues either in connection with an eviction or by bringing a Rent Escrow or Tenant Remedy Action case. Prior litigation experience or desire to learn litigation skills necessary. Time commitment is approximately 20-30 hours in a two-week timeframe.  Shadowing/co-counseling of cases possible.

Rent Escrow Training (highly recommended for More Representation Minneapolis volunteers)
+++CLE: Rent Escrow Basics (1 hour)
+++Slideshow: Rent Escrow Basics

Helpful Resources: 

Hennepin County Code Enforcement Manual, by Steve Swanson
This Health and Safety Code Enforcement Manual is intended as a resource for Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) volunteer lawyers and others representing low-income tenant families who justly seek a safe and affordable place to live, but who find themselves in rental property in need of repairs and other interventions to bring the property into compliance with state and local health and safety laws.  The Manual is also available as a resource for community organizations and governmental agencies seeking to assist tenant families living in Minneapolis, other Hennepin County communities, and Saint Paul.

Department of Regulatory Services Website: Tools and Information on licensing, fees, and violations in Minneapolis.