How to Evict a Roommate in Minnesota

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Sharing an apartment with roommates can be a great way to save money on rent costs. Unfortunately, the leases for apartments in Minnesota are written as single leases with shared responsibility among all roommates. If one roommate fails to pay his or her share of the rent, the other roommates are still fully responsible for the full cost of the rent. Although a tenant cannot be evicted by his or her roommate, it is possible to assist the landlord in the eviction process.

Things You'll Need

  • Lease
  • Documentation of paid rent

Removing a Non-paying Roommate

  • Collect all documentation of rent paid by all tenants. This documentation will be important evidence in the event of a trial.

  • Continue paying the full rent required by the lease. As a tenant in the apartment, you are responsible for the full amount of rent according to Minnesota law.

  • Communicate openly with your landlord about the situation. Explain that your roommate is in non-payment or otherwise violating the terms of the lease. Offer to support your landlord in evicting your roommate.

  • Once your landlord has evicted your roommate, file a lawsuit in small-claims court. Minnesota law permits a tenant to attempt to collect on all rent that has been paid to the landlord that should have been paid by the non-paying roommate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to evict your roommate by yourself. This is illegal and could potentially lead to a violent confrontation.

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