BY COUNCILOR LITTLE:
RESOLVED, that city officials are hereby authorized to contract with E&W Properties LLC for professional services in the management of Minnesota Tenant Remedies Act (TRA) properties as controlled by the city until such time as properties are returned to said property owners in accordance with city specifications and fees not to exceed the consultant’s schedule of fees, terms net 30, payable from the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) Revolving Fund 230, Department/Agency 100, Object 5441. Said agreement is to be substantially in the form of Public Document No. _________________ on file in the office of the city clerk. Contract performance shall be completed at such time as the city decides to terminate the contract.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution authorizes a professional services agreement with E&W Properties LLC for the management of Minnesota Tenant Remedies Act (TRA) properties controlled by the city. Fees shall not exceed those proposed by the consultant and are payable from the GMHF Fund 230.
A tenant remedies action (TRA) is a type of lawsuit authorized by state law in which the city seeks compliance from residential rental property owners with the city’s Housing Code. The remedies under the act include the ability for Duluth to seek a court order authorizing the city to be appointed as the administrator of rental property and to assume management control until all violations are abated. The costs recovered through the collection of rents may then be recovered through special assessment to the property. Ownership of the property is not transferred.
The city advertised a request for proposals (RFP) in April of 2007. The process closed when RFPs were opened May 9, 2007. Only E&W Properties LLC submitted a complete proposal.