Attorney Fees in a Residential Lease

If you have a Minnesota¬†residential lease which has language allowing your landlord to recover their reasonable attorney fees and costs associated with enforcing the terms of the lease, be aware that Minnesota Statutes Section 504B.172 will allow the tenant to recover THEIR attorney fees if the tenant prevails in “the same type of action, under the same circumstances, and to the same extent as specified in the lease for the landlord”.

This change in Minnesota landlord/tenant law went into place for leases entered into after August 1, 2011 and for leases renewed on or after August 1, 2012.

If you have questions about your rights as a residential tenant in Minnesota, you may want to contact Homeline at, a non-profit organization advocating for tenants.  You can always call our offices as well.