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Are you a landlord in Ramsey County and have tenants who have been unable to make rent payments as a result of COVID-19?

The Zero Balance Project offers landlords an opportunity to apply for rental assistance on behalf of their renters.

If a tenant has applied to RentHelpMN, please do not submit an application for that tenant. Applying to both programs may delay or prevent payments.

RentHelpMN is available to all renters in Minnesota and they start their own application. The Zero Balance Project allows landlords in Hennepin, Ramsey or Dakota counties to start the application for their renters.

Apply for assistance through HousingLink 

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What expenses are eligible?

Unpaid rent dating back to March 13, 2020.

Unpaid utilities and fees included in the lease dating back to March 13, 2020.

  • Water.
  • Sewer.
  • Electric.
  • Gas.
  • Trash/solid waste/recycling collection.
  • Bulk fuel (firewood, wood pellets, propane).
  • Unpaid late fees. 

Up to 8% of total rent, as allowed by MN statute, dating back to March 13, 2020.

Three months of future rent (prospective rent).

  • Unpaid rent must be brought current before future rent payments are approved.
  • Utilities that are covered by the landlord as part of the rent payment are treated as rent.

If funding is available, you may submit additional applications for future rent (for three months at a time).

Which renter households are eligible?

The application

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