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                         Laws of Minnesota 1984 

                        CHAPTER 551-S.F.No. 1683 
           An act relating to housing; prohibiting certain rent 
          control ordinances in cities, counties, and towns; 
          proposing new law coded in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 
          471. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  [471.9996] [RENT CONTROL PROHIBITED.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [IN GENERAL.] No statutory or home rule 
charter city, county, or town may adopt or renew by ordinance or 
otherwise any law to control rents on private residential 
property except as provided in subdivision 2.  This section does 
not impair the right of any statutory or home rule charter city, 
county, or town:  
    (1) to manage or control property in which it has a 
financial interest through a housing authority or similar agency;
    (2) to contract with a property owner;  
    (3) to act as required or authorized by laws or regulations 
of the United States government or this state; or 
    (4) to mediate between property owners and tenants for the 
purpose of negotiating rents.  
    Subd. 2.  [EXCEPTION.] Subdivision 1 does not preclude a 
statutory or home rule charter city, county, or town from 
controlling rents on private residential property to the extent 
that the city, county, or town has the power to adopt an 
ordinance, charter amendment, or law to control these rents if 
the ordinance, charter amendment, or law that controls rents is 
approved in a general election.  Subdivision 1 does not limit 
any power or authority of the voters of a statutory or home rule 
charter city, county, or town to petition for an ordinance or 
charter amendment to control rents on private residential 
property to the extent that the power or authority is otherwise 
provided for by law, and if the ordinance or charter amendment 
is approved in a general election.  This subdivision does not 
grant any additional power or authority to the citizens of a 
statutory or home rule charter city, county, or town to vote on 
any question beyond that contained in other law.  
    Subdivision 1 does not apply to any statutory city unless 
the citizens of the statutory city have the authority to vote on 
the issue of rent control granted by other law.  
    Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
    Section 1 is effective the day after final enactment. 
    Approved April 25, 1984