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Documentation of Loss of Minneapolis Rental Units, 1988 to 2000

Number of rental units in Minneapolis in 2000: 75,000

Source: Star Tribune, Jan. 22, 2001, article by Steve Brandt, “Rental licensing fails some tenants”.
The article includes this statement based on information from the city: “Ten years into the licensing program, only a third of the city’s estimated 75,000 rental units have received the examinations required by law.”

Number of rental units in Minneapolis in 1988:


Source: State of the City 1989, published by the city coordinator

The city coordinator’s report broke down the rental-housing stock into the following categories, giving percentages of each that were owner-occupied or homesteaded:

77,674 units of single-family housing. More than 90% of this is homesteaded.

8,374 units of “single-unit housing”. 67% of this is homesteaded.

27,942 units of “two unit” housing”. 48% of this is owner-occupied.

7,887 units of triplex or fourplex housing. 20.4% of this is owner-occupied.

57,677 units of 5+ units housing. None is indicated as owner-occupied.

 

Calculation of number of rental units:

77,674 x .09 = 6,991
8,374 x .33 = 2.763
27,942 x .52 = 14,530
7,887 x .796 = 6,278
57,677 x 1.00 = 57,677
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88,239 units

88,239 units in 1988
75,000 units in 2000
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13,239 units lost in twelve years (12,500 is our official estimate).

prepared by William McGaughey, Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee
Disney for Mayor 2001, tel: (612) 871-1961

 
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