Minnesota Deed Registry Tax Update

The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently announced a change to how Deed Taxes are calculated, effective for deeds recorded in Minnesota beginning January 1, 2020. While the minimum deed tax amount remains $1.65 for non-exempt transactions, the threshold or minimum net consideration was increased from $500.00, to $3,000.00. See Minnesota Statute 287.21(b). Connect with a professional Real Estate attorney at Barna, Guzy & Steffen in Coon Rapids, MN for all of your real property legal needs.

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Counsel Now Required for Business Entities Involved in Commercial Evictions in Hennepin County Housing Court

Coauthored by Tammy Schemmel and Karen Kurth  For years, commercial landlords in Hennepin County have filed eviction actions against tenants in material default of leases in Hennepin County Housing Court. Rule 603 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice allowed the principals of business entities to file eviction actions without counsel and permitted commercial tenants to appear and defend the business entity without counsel in Hennepin County Housing Court. In 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision holding that the Hennepin County Housing Court lacks authority to hear and determine any matter that is not related to residential rental housing. Likely in an attempt to salvage years of common practice, the Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge issued a Standing..

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