Guest or Tenant?

08/08/2018

Bryan Huntington’s article, “Guest or Tenant?” was published in the August 2018 edition of Bench and Bar magazine. The article examines the criteria that courts consider when deciding which persons are protected by Minnesota’s landlord/tenant statutes.

In his analysis, Bryan explains that the distinction has dramatic consequences for landowners. Among other things, persons entitled to protection may only be removed from the real property by filing an eviction action, which, in addition to being costly, dramatically slows the process of getting a new guest in the unit. Click here to learn the basic measures property owners can take to increase the likelihood a court will agree a short-term occupant is only a "guest" to whom the landlord/tenant statutes are inapplicable.