News Story (Minnesota)
February 17, 2020
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
More resources for tenants is why Tarryel Powell was able to avoid an eviction thanks to help from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. She went to Hennepin County housing court in December, after the landlord of her St. Louis Park apartment sought to evict her for failing to pay the fees for noise violations. She was getting the violations frequently even though she denied she was noisy.
Her case was dismissed and the eviction filing expunged from her record. But the incident was “a whole mental process” that left her crying in her apartment some days, worried about what might happen to her and her three grandchildren if they could not find a home in the middle of winter.
“My rent was paid every month by the due date and I still have to be there [in housing court] with people not paying rent,” Powell said. “I’m not a danger to no one. I didn’t know what to expect because there was just so many people there.”