Minneapolis low-rent landlord says city has ‘Curb Fetish appeal’

A well known low rent landlord from North Minneapolis has filed a complaint against the city of being “obsessed with curb appeal” and wanting the north side to look like linden hills”

Mahmood Khan, 62, complained to the U.S Dept of Housing and Urban Development alleging city officials do not promote affordable housing but try to eliminate it.

Khan has 63 low income residential units at 43 rental properties. His complaint is that city is looking to remove rental dwelling licences and “force into the street and into an impossible rental market some 350 racial minorities and disabled persons”.

On February 19 the city left notices on Khan’s residents’ doors and they recieved letters that landlord no longer eligible to hold rental licences.

Khan told the Star Tribune in February that he has spent $1 million renovating his properties and is rehabbing homes in many cases over 100 years old. Some of his tenants skip paying rent also make repair calls difficult by not granting access. He planned to appeal the city’s action he said at the time.

James Heiberg Khan’s attorney said that “City officials are obsessed with curb appeal and beautification and this fetish comes at the expense of affordable housing for minorities, disabled persons and other protected class members “. He said, “Minneapolis officials want the north side to look like Linden Hill, and immediately as if several decades of neglect and opression can be reversed or erased by scapegoating low-rent landlords.”… MORE

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