Minnesota Fair Housing Laws

It is legal for a landlord to reject a tenant's application due to their rental history or criminal background. However, it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants due to any of the following:

  • -Race

  • -Sex

  • -Color

  • -Religion

  • -Familial Status (having kids or being pregnant)

  • -Public Assistance (MFIP, EA, GA, SSI, etc.)

  • -Sexual Orientation

  • -Marital Status (being married, single or divorced)

  • -Disability

  • -National Origin

  • -Creed (belief or faith)

  • -Age

Here are some examples of discrimination:

-Application Denials

-Denying someone because they receive MFIP or because they are paying their deposit with Emergency Assistance.

-Rejecting an applicant because he or she has a disability, even though the disability would not keep him or her from following the lease.

-Saying "no kids," but it is not a seniors-only building or another exempted property.

-A consumer's mortgage application is never processed because of his religion.

-Different Treatment

-The caretaker makes repairs for white tenants before tenants of color.

-The manager punishes lease violations more strictly if they are caused by children.

-Denying a request to make a simple change in the rules to let a person with a disability live there successfully, like allowing a companion animal.

-A real estate agent who only shows condos in certain neighborhoods based on the buyer's ethnicity when there are other units available.


-The caretaker pressures a tenant to date him, and lets himself into her apartment.

-An onsite security guard treats certain visitors differently, because they are American Indian.

-Neighbors try to force a homeowner out of the neighborhood with racial insults or threats.

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