Eviction Assistance and Resources

SCTCC Support Updates
August 4, 2021

The eviction moratorium is ending - know your rights, mark these dates, and learn what you can do to stay in your home.

  • June 20, 2021: Your lease could be terminated if you materially violate your lease agreement (does not include nonpayment of rent). You could be evicted if you qualify for rental assistance but refuse to apply.
  • July 14: You can be evicted if you have materially violated your lease, which is a different process than lease termination.
  • August 13: Your lease can be terminated if you haven’t paid your rent and you are not eligible for emergency rental assistance.
  • September 12: You can be evicted if you haven’t paid your rent and you are not eligible for emergency rental assistance.
  • October 12: All lease termination and eviction protections are lifted, unless you are eligible for emergency rental assistance and have a pending application.
  • June 1, 2022: All lease termination and eviction protections related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted.

Know your rights and responsibilities:

  • 15-day notice: Between now and Oct. 13, property owners must give tenants a 15-day notice before they file an eviction for nonpayment.
  • Apply for help: You might be eligible for rental assistance. Go to renthelpmn.org or call 211.
  • Refuse to apply? Tenants who are behind on rent and eligible for help but refuse to apply can be evicted starting June 30.
  • Have legal questions? Visit lahelpmn.org for additional information and legal resources.

Three important things to know: 

  1. If you are behind on rent, immediately apply for emergency rental assistance. Contact Non-Academic Student Services at 320-308-5096 or email catherine.paro@sctcc.edu to see if you qualify for SCTCC emergency assistance. You can also pursue state rental assistance at RentHelpMN.org or by calling 2-1-1. Pending applications can protect you from eviction!

  2. You should receive a notice from your landlord 15 days before eviction, to give you time to apply for emergency rental assistance. 

  3. Some tenants may be subject to lease termination, lease non-renewal, and/or eviction immediately for a few specific reasons (See info here). If this happens to you and you want to dispute it, you should seek legal advice immediately by calling 2-1-1 or visit LawHelpMN.org.  

Steps to take if you are being evicted: 

  1. Contact your landlord. Let them know you are looking for help. Ask if you may be eligible for payment plans or extensions whil you look for resources to help pay the bill. Be sure to ask for any agreements with your landlord in writing and keep a record of all your communications.  

  2. Find out if you qualify for emergency rent assistance. Contact Non-Academic Student Services at 320-308-5096 or email catherine.paro@sctcc.edu to see if you qualify for SCTCC emergency assistance. Or check out RentHelpMN, a program that was created to help Minnesotans who have fallen behind on their rent or fear that could happen. RentHelpMN is currently in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.   

  3. Additional eviction prevention services may be available in your area. If you are facing eviction, it is best to seek legal services right away. This will give you time to apply, arrange an appointment, and gather any documents you may need. Find help with eviction prevention through legal assistance by calling 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting the United Way 2-1-1 website. 

  4. Make a plan. You might need to find a new place to live. Find help with shelter if you have no other place to stay by calling 2-1-1 or texting your zip code to 898-211. Begin thinking of moving expenses and finding places to keep any items you may need to store until you can find a place of your own. 

  5. Find stable housing. Visit HousingLink to search for affordable rental housing vacancies and waiting list openings in Minnesota. 

If you have questions regarding any of the above, other housing questions, or basic needs questions, please contact Catherine Paro, Student Support Manager, at 320-308-5096 or catherine.paro@sctcc.edu.

Kate Wallace
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