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Healthy Homes

Secure and stable housing comes in many forms: a house, an apartment, or a rented room, for example. No matter if you own or rent your home, the dollars you spend on housing probably make a large part of your expenses each month. It's important that you protect your housing and know your rights, and that it stays a place that you are happy to call "home."

The following will help you secure your housing, with resources for renters, property managers, and homeowners.

Renting Your Home

Renter 101 Online Course — Better navigate the rental process with this free online course. Take-and-teach resources are included to adapt the course to an in-person setting.

RentWise — This unique and practical resource helps you (or the families you assist) be successful renters.

Moving into an ApartmentOffice of the Minnesota Attorney General — These tips are designed to help students understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants before moving into an apartment.

Vacating an ApartmentOffice of the Minnesota Attorney General — These tips are designed to help students understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants before moving out of their apartment.

Financing Your Home

Keeping a Roof Overhead — When family income drops, careful planning can help you avoid eviction from your rental unit or the loss of your house.

When Should You Refinance Your Home Loan? — Refinancing your home makes the most sense when the current interest rate stands at least two percentage points below your existing mortgage loan interest rate and refinancing costs are affordable.

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency — Online resource center for homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and more.

Owning Your Home

Minnesota Homeownership Center — Offers programs and service to buy a home, keep a home, and become a better homeowner.

Owning a Home — Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Reliable, easy-to-use information on the home buying process. Understand loan options, the closing process, and more.

Home Buyer’s HandbookOffice of the Minnesota Attorney General — This handbook is designed to help people buying a home to have a rewarding experience.

Maintenance and Safety

Maintaining a Healthy Home — A little home maintenance can help keep you healthy. English | español

Keep Your Home Safe from Fire — Follow these nine tips to keep you and your home safe from electrical fires and other types of fires. English | espaƱol

Housing Technology — Extension resources to improve buildings' quality, efficiency, environmental health, and durability.

Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy HomeNational Healthy Homes Partnership — Download this 12-page consumer guide that includes the basic principles of healthy homes with helpful action steps, checklists, graphics, and links for supplemental information.

Related Resources

Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy HomeNational Healthy Homes Partnership — Download this 12-page consumer guide that includes the basic principles of healthy homes with helpful action steps, checklists, graphics, and links for supplemental information.

Housing Technology — The housing technology team brings university research to homeowners by providing training courses, web resources, and publications to improve the safety, durability, and efficiency of homes and buildings in Minnesota.

RentWise — This unique and practical resource helps you (or the families you assist) be successful renters.

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