City launches effort to amend, implement rent control ordinance

With Saint Paul’s rent control ordinance scheduled to take effect on May 1, three teams of city staff members are busy figuring out how to implement the ordinance approved by voters in a citywide referendum on November 2. “Saint Paul…

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Saint Paul voters approve 3% cap on rent increases

But city is still trying to figure out just when and how new law will take effect. Saint Paul voters approved by a 53 to 47 percent margin on November 2 what may be the most stringent rent control ordinance…

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Letters to the Editor, Election Edition: Our readers’ endorsements

Re-elect Vue and Foster to boardAs a parent of three boys in the Saint Paul Public Schools and a committed public education advocate, I was happy to see MyVillager highlight the eight candidates running for School Board in the September…

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St. Paul debates merits of rent control measure on ballot

Saint Paul voters will be asked on November 2 whether the city should limit private landlords to annual rent increases of no more than 3 percent. Proponents say the measure is needed to keep housing affordable and protect tenants from…

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Rent control will appear on November ballot

An attempt to limit increases in the rent charged to residential tenants in Saint Paul is headed to the ballot this November. In response to a petition circulated by the Housing Equity Now Saint Paul (HENS) coalition and signed by…

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City Council repeals SAFE Housing over constitutionality concerns

In the wake of a U.S. District Court ruling that questioned its constitutionality, Saint Paul’s new SAFE Housing tenant protection ordinance was repealed by the City Council on a 4-3 vote on June 23. Council members said they will immediately…

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Landlords sue to block city’s SAFE Housing ordinance

Sweeping new tenant protections that were originally scheduled to take effect on March 1 in Saint Paul now face an uncertain future. A group of more than 20 landlords and limited liability companies has filed a suit alleging that the…

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SAFE Housing law undermines the safety and affordability it seeks

By Cecil Smith Prospective renters look for two basic things when choosing housing. Besides location, the number of bedrooms, the kitchen layout, the size of the closets and other amenities, a renter looks for a place that feels safe and…

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St. Paul sets hearing on new rules for protecting tenants

City wants SAFE Housing for all, but landlords fear changes could cause more problems than they solveBy Jane McClureAn ordinance that outlines sweeping changes in an attempt to protect tenants from unfair rental practices will return to the St. Paul…

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