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Landlord Legislation in Minnesota

Below is a list of laws for landlords in Minnesota. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

MN HF12 Eviction and nonrenewal of lease procedures provided for during and after a peacetime emergency, expungement of eviction actions filed during and after a peacetime emergency allowed, and home foreclosures and contract for deed termination prevented during and after a peacetime emergency.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Eviction and nonrenewal of lease procedures provided for during and after a peacetime emergency, expungement of eviction actions filed during and after a peacetime emergency allowed, and home foreclosures and contract for deed termination prevented during and after a peacetime emergency.
Sponsors
Alice Hausman Michael Howard Liz Olson Cedrick Frazier Mohamud Noor Jamie Becker-finn Liz Reyer Samantha Vang Sydney Jordan Kristin Bahner Hodan Hassan Peter Fischer John Thompson Jamie Long Jessica Hanson Mike Freiberg Athena Hollins
Last Action
Author added Hollins
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf12/

MN HF1790 Termination of lease authorized upon loss of tenant income, landlord obligations and liabilities modified, covenants modified, and cost recovery authorized.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Termination of lease authorized upon loss of tenant income, landlord obligations and liabilities modified, covenants modified, and cost recovery authorized.
Sponsors
Aisha Gomez Esther Agbaje Sandra Feist Hodan Hassan
Last Action
Introduction and first reading, referred to Housing Finance and Policy
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf1790/

MN SF1953 Tenant income loss lease termination authorization; landlord obligations, liabilities, and covenants modifications; costs recovery authorization

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Tenant income loss lease termination authorization; landlord obligations, liabilities, and covenants modifications; costs recovery authorization
Sponsors
Bobby Champion Lindsey Port
Last Action
Referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf1953/

MN SF529 Landlord to require a tenant to provide documentation supporting the tenant’s need for a service or support animal

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlord to require a tenant to provide documentation supporting the tenant's need for a service or support animal
Sponsors
Zach Duckworth Mark Johnson Andrew Mathews Justin Eichorn Ann Rest
Last Action
Author added Rest
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf529/

MN HF566 Landlord permitted to require tenant to provide documentation supporting tenant’s need for service or support animal.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlord permitted to require tenant to provide documentation supporting tenant's need for service or support animal.
Sponsors
Peter Fischer Sheldon Johnson Tama Theis
Last Action
Second reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf566/

MN HF398 Residential lease implied covenants amended, tenant remedies against landlords for repairs provided, and tenant allowed to request emergency repairs at court.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Residential lease implied covenants amended, tenant remedies against landlords for repairs provided, and tenant allowed to request emergency repairs at court.
Sponsors
Kaohly Her Samantha Vang Jamie Long Hodan Hassan Ryan Winkler Cedrick Frazier
Last Action
Second reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf398/

MN SF772 Residential lease implied covenants modifications; tenant remedies for repairs; tenant emergency repairs court request authorization

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Residential lease implied covenants modifications; tenant remedies for repairs; tenant emergency repairs court request authorization
Sponsors
Kari Dziedzic Ann Rest David Dibble
Last Action
Author added Dibble
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf772/

MN SF1236 Credit to reimburse landlords for unpaid rent during the peacetime emergency establishment and appropriation

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Credit to reimburse landlords for unpaid rent during the peacetime emergency establishment and appropriation
Sponsors
David Osmek
Last Action
Referred to Taxes
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf1236/

MN HF1303 Landlord credit established to reimburse for unpaid rent during the peacetime emergency, and money appropriated.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlord credit established to reimburse for unpaid rent during the peacetime emergency, and money appropriated.
Sponsors
Jerry Hertaus Eric Lucero
Last Action
Author added Lucero
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf1303/

MN SF28 Attorney fees payment to redeem tenancy in eviction actions for nonpayment; landlord agent representation in court housing proceedings

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Attorney fees payment to redeem tenancy in eviction actions for nonpayment; landlord agent representation in court housing proceedings
Sponsors
Jeff Howe Rich Draheim John Jasinski Bill Weber
Last Action
Second reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf28/

MN SF491 Eviction procedures modification, eviction actions expungement, and home foreclosure prevention during and after a public health emergency

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Eviction procedures modification, eviction actions expungement, and home foreclosure prevention during and after a public health emergency
Sponsors
Kari Dziedzic Ann Rest Lindsey Port Jen McEwen Sandra Pappas
Last Action
Author added Pappas
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf491/

MN SF474 Minnesota family investment program, housing, food and broadband assistance appropriation

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Minnesota family investment program, housing, food and broadband assistance appropriation
Sponsors
Melissa Wiklund John Marty Kari Dziedzic Patricia Torres Ray Omar Fateh
Last Action
Authors added Dziedzic; Torres Ray; Fateh
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf474/

MN HF1 Economic assistance provided for housing, MFIP, food, and broadband; funding provided, and money appropriated.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Economic assistance provided for housing, MFIP, food, and broadband; funding provided, and money appropriated.
Sponsors
Mohamud Noor Cheryl Youakim Liz Reyer Jay Xiong Hodan Hassan Sydney Jordan John Thompson Connie Bernardy Jamie Becker-finn Todd Lippert Emma Greenman
Last Action
Author added Greenman
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf1/

MN SF773 Landlord fee imposition prohibition and landlord entry restriction

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlord fee imposition prohibition and landlord entry restriction
Sponsors
Kari Dziedzic Karla Bigham Foung Hawj
Last Action
Authors added Bigham; Hawj
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf773/

MN HF399 Landlords prohibited fees expanded, and landlord entry restricted and improper entry fees amended.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlords prohibited fees expanded, and landlord entry restricted and improper entry fees amended.
Sponsors
Kaohly Her Heather Edelson Samantha Vang Jamie Long Hodan Hassan Ryan Winkler Cedrick Frazier
Last Action
Second reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf399/

MN HF835 Eviction due to nonpayment of rent notice requirements created, eviction case court file discretionary and mandatory eligibility expanded, rental discrimination prohibited based on tenant’s public housing assistance receipt, and pending eviction case court action public access limited.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Eviction due to nonpayment of rent notice requirements created, eviction case court file discretionary and mandatory eligibility expanded, rental discrimination prohibited based on tenant's public housing assistance receipt, and pending eviction case court action public access limited.
Sponsors
Kaohly Her Hodan Hassan Michael Howard Sandra Feist Jamie Long Cedrick Frazier
Last Action
Author added Frazier
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf835/

MN HF20 Tenancy at will termination modified, and residential tenant notice of grounds for eviction required before action may be brought.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Tenancy at will termination modified, and residential tenant notice of grounds for eviction required before action may be brought.
Sponsors
Hodan Hassan Cedrick Frazier Jay Xiong Aisha Gomez Liz Reyer Sydney Jordan Kelly Moller Esther Agbaje Peter Fischer Jamie Long
Last Action
Committee report, to adopt and re-refer to Judiciary Finance and Civil Law
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf20/

MN SF766 Termination of tenancy at will modification; residential tenant notice of grounds for eviction before action may be brought requirement

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Termination of tenancy at will modification; residential tenant notice of grounds for eviction before action may be brought requirement
Sponsors
Kari Dziedzic Omar Fateh
Last Action
Author added Fateh
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf766/

MN HF1060 Eviction and tenant screening report procedures established.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Eviction and tenant screening report procedures established.
Sponsors
Esther Agbaje Aisha Gomez Hodan Hassan Cheryl Youakim Cedrick Frazier
Last Action
Second reading
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf1060/

MN SF1470 Executive Order 20-79 nullification; landlord and tenant law gubernatorial modifications prohibition; phaseout of the eviction moratorium authorization

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Executive Order 20-79 nullification; landlord and tenant law gubernatorial modifications prohibition; phaseout of the eviction moratorium authorization
Sponsors
Rich Draheim Justin Eichorn Zach Duckworth Eric Pratt John Jasinski
Last Action
Second reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf1470/

MN SF1344 Tenant remedy actions court notice requirement to persons holding liens; attorney fee award limitations and lien priority modification; tenant remedy actions for administrator appointment requirements repeal

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Tenant remedy actions court notice requirement to persons holding liens; attorney fee award limitations and lien priority modification; tenant remedy actions for administrator appointment requirements repeal
Sponsors
Kari Dziedzic
Last Action
Referred to Civil Law and Data Practices Policy
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf1344/

MN HF75 Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, innocent owners provided property recovery, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Vehicles and property subject to forfeiture limited, innocent owners provided property recovery, federal equitable sharing program participation modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
Sponsors
Kelly Moller Jamie Becker-finn Peggy Scott Zack Stephenson Sandra Feist Liz Olson Athena Hollins Kaohly Her Jamie Long Liz Reyer Erik Mortensen Eric Lucero Sandra Masin Jessica Hanson Frank Hornstein Shelly Christensen
Last Action
Author added Christensen
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf75/

MN SF2345 Landlord radon testing and disclosure requirement; penalties and remedies

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlord radon testing and disclosure requirement; penalties and remedies
Sponsors
Kari Dziedzic Mary Kunesh-Podein David Dibble Lindsey Port
Last Action
Referred to Housing Finance and Policy
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-sf2345/

MN HF2463 Landlord radon testing and providing disclosures required, and penalties and remedies provided.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Landlord radon testing and providing disclosures required, and penalties and remedies provided.
Sponsors
Liz Reyer Cedrick Frazier Esther Agbaje Sandra Feist
Last Action
Introduction and first reading, referred to Housing Finance and Policy
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf2463/

MN HF1077 Minnesota Housing Finance Agency established, and money appropriated.

Introduced Session

92nd Legislature 2021-2022

Summary
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency established, and money appropriated.
Sponsors
Alice Hausman
Last Action
Committee report, to adopt as amended and re-refer to Ways and Means
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/mn-2021-hf1077/

Must-Know Minnesota Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Minnesota Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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