Housing Court is a specialty court with three referees handling cases involving landlord and tenant disputes. A landlord can bring an action to remove or “evict” a tenant from a rental property, and tenants can file court actions to enforce their legal rights as tenants. Housing Court is generally governed by Minn. Stat. Chapter 504B
and the Housing Court Rules
(MN General Rules of Practice).
The timelines in Housing cases are very short. Generally, initial hearings are held within 7 to 14 days of filing, and trials are generally held within 7 days of the initial appearance.
Parties in Housing cases may be eligible for free legal advice from volunteer attorneys or for no-fee mediation, in which a disinterested third party trained in conflict resolution facilitates discussion between landlord and tenant to resolve their issues.
Remote Hearing Information
The information on this website is only a general explanation of the legal process and is not intended to be legal advice
. Court staff can provide some forms and general housing court information. Court staff cannot give legal advice. Court staff are not responsible for the outcome of your case
. If you have questions that court staff cannot answer, you could visit our main Self-Help Center
for more information. If you are unsure what or whether you should file, you could get legal advice from a legal advice clinic
or find a lawyer
on your own.