2020

Minneapolis Tenants Take One Big Step Toward Creating a Cooperative and Buying Their Buildings

Sahan Journal - Sheila Regan - 5/20/20

Tenants win ownership of properties from negligent landlord who tried to evict them

Minnesota Reformer - Max Nesterak - 5/19/20

Embattled landlord Frenz sells the last of his Minneapolis buildings, giving control to tenants

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 5/18/2020

2019

Landlord Frenz sentenced to jail time for lying on housing court documents

MPR News - Matt Septic - 12/20/2019

Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz sentenced to probation, 60 days in workhouse for perjury

KSTP News - 12/20/2019

Former Minneapolis landlord convicted of perjury sentenced to 60 days in workhouse

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 12/20/2019

Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz found guilty of perjury

Bring Me The News - Declan Desmond - 10/19/2019

Minneapolis landlord found guilty of perjury for lying about number of rentals in his building

Fox 9 News - 10/18/2019

Ex-Minneapolis landlord Frenz found guilty of perjury

MPR News - Brandt Williams -10/18/2019

Former Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz convicted of felony perjury

StarTribune - Chao Xiong -10/18/2019

Jurors deliberating in perjury trial of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

StarTribune - Chao Xiong -10/17/2019

Testimony begins in perjury trial of former Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

StarTribune - Chao Xiong -10/16/2019

Disgraced Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz appears in court

Fox 9 News - 10/16/2019

Tenants of embattled Minneapolis landlord get temporary reprieve from eviction

StarTribune - Marissa Evans - 9/16/2019

With 100 people facing eviction, tenants rally in south Minneapolis

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 8/17/2019

As Frenz landlord controversy continues, tenants arrive home to find apartment demolished, belongings tossed

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 8/1/2019

Minneapolis tenants march on church that landlord attends, asking that he not evict them

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 7/14/2019

City will pay $25,000 to keep gas from being shut off to 5 buildings owned by embattled landlord

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 7/10/2019

Radio Doumentary: FAKE CHILDREN, REAL RENT: The Story of MN's Largest Tenant Class Action

You Eulogy - Matthew Schneeman - 6/28/2019

Minneapolis landlord rejects plea deal, perjury case to proceed to trial

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 6/27/2019

Tenants who fought Minneapolis landlord for years get a windfall

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 6/25/2019

Judge nixes some of landlord Stephen Frenz's requests for tenant information in perjury case

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 6/5/2019

I am fighting for the future my daughter deserves — and now I am facing eviction

Southside Pride - Vanessa del Campo Chacon - 5/6/2019

Tenants facing eviction disrupt Minneapolis City Council meeting

StarTribune - Miguel Ortega - 5/3/2019

Renters protest on lawn of Stephen Frenz after receiving eviction notices

KSTP News - 4/6/2019

 

Mpls. tenants hope to buy apartments to form co-op

MPR News - Martin Moylan - 4/5/19

 

Tenants in buildings owned by Minneapolis landlord band together to stop water cutoff

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/27/2019

Facing eviction, residents hope to buy buildings from notorious Minneapolis landlord

City Pages - Hannah Jones - 3/11/2019

 

Tenants trying to buy rental properties from controversial landlord now facing eviction

KSTP News - 3/8/2019

 

We are fighting for the future we deserve

Southside Pride - Vanessa Romero Del Campo - 3/4/2019

 

Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds revocation of rental licenses from embattled Minneapolis landlord

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/4/19

 

Minneapolis Landlord Stephen Frenz Hit with Perjury Charge

Amanda Ostuni - Twin Cities Business - 1/3/19

 

Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz charged with perjury

StarTribune - Miguel Otárola - 1/2/2019

 

Longtime Minneapolis landlord faces perjury charge

MPR News - Riham Feshir - 1/2/2019

 

Embattled Minneapolis landlord charged with perjury

Fox 9 - 1/2/2019

 

Freeman to 'aggressively prosecute' Twin Cities landlord charged with perjury

KSTP News - 1/2/2019

 

Press Conference Footage: Perjury charge filed against Minneapolis landlord

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman - 1/2/2019

2018

 

Dozens of tenants could get reprieve after court overturns evictions sought by Minneapolis landlord

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 12/17/2018

 

Latest fight over controversial landlord’s Minneapolis properties puts spotlight on housing court  

MinnPost - Taryn Phaneuf - 11/28/2018

 

Controversial Minneapolis landlords to pay $18.5 million to settle tenants' class-action lawsuit  

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 10/12/2018

 

Minneapolis moves to deny rental licenses of landlords tied to Stephen Frenz  

(10/10/2018)

 

Tenants vow to fight embattled landlord's effort to force them out of their apartments  

(9/29/2018)

 

Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia’s long fight for low-income renters   

(08/31/2018)

 

Corcoran block party doubles as opportunity to rally around a new affordable-housing vision  

(7/11/2018)

 

Minneapolis takes steps to avoid another Frenz-Zorbalas debacle in rental housing

(6/27/18)

 

Renters go on strike  

Southwest Journal - Michelle Bruch - 3/7/2018

 

Inquilinxs Unidxs: #IXRentStrike

Independent Video - Ryan Stopera - February 2018

 

Citing lies, judge OKs punitive damages in Minneapolis tenants' lawsuit  

(2/23/2018)

 

Citing 'suspicious' sale of embattled landlord's properties, judge backs refusal of rental licenses

Randy Furst - Star Tribune - 2/7/2018

 

Attorneys of the Year: Tenant Remedies Action Legal Team

Dan Heilman - Minnesota Lawyer - 2/8/2018

 

A corporate lawyer in Minneapolis fights for low-income tenants

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 2/1/2018

 

Calling the sale of apartment houses 'suspicious,' a judge in Minneapolis won't dismiss tenants' lawsuit

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 1/5/2019

 

Ousted Minneapolis landlord wants court referee removed from case

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 1/3/2018


 

2017

 

Tenants' attorney asked court to hold Minneapolis landlord in contempt

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 12/26/2018

 

Court referee puts five Minneapolis apartment buildings sold by landlord Frenz under administrator

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 12/20/2018

 

Minneapolis Votes to Revoke Landlord's Rental Licenses  

KSTP - Eyewitness 5 News - 12/8/2017

 

Minneapolis denies rental licenses for 16 apartment buildings

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 12/8/2017

 

Tenants call for change under controversial landlord

Fox 9 - 11/29/2017

 

City won't issue rental licenses for apartment buildings sold by Stephen Frenz

Mark Reilly - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - 11/9/2017

 

How One Organization Is Standing Up for Tenants in Minneapolis

Cinnamon Janzer - Rewire News - 10/31/2017

 

City: Landlord Committed 'Unprecedented and Elaborate Fraud'

KSTP News - 10/22/2017

 

Minneapolis landlords unload apartments amid multiple lawsuits

(10/12/2017)

 

Tenants Push Back Against Corporate Landlords During “Renter Week of Action“

Truthout - Candice Bernd - 9/23/2017

 

Apartment Tenants Take Grievances to Twin Cities Landlord's Front Door

KSTP News - 9/19/2017

 

Angry renters demonstrate outside landlord Stephen Frenz's home

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 9/19/2017

 

Landlord maintained control of Minneapolis apartment complexes after he was banned

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 9/18/2017

Embattled landlord files defiant affidavit in Minneapolis case

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 9/16/2017

Judge certifies class-action lawsuit against one of Minneapolis' biggest landlords

MPR News - Max Nesterak - 8/21/2017

 

Lawsuit against 2 Minneapolis landlords gains class-action status

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 8/15/2017

 

Minneapolis tenants seek over $1 million in sanctions against landlord

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 7/26/2017

 

Housing court orders Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz to return $27,813 to tenants

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 5/24/2017

 

Tenants rally outside Minneapolis landlord's office demanding rent freeze, repairs

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 5/2/2017

Controversial Minneapolis landlord held in contempt and ordered to jail

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/17/2017

Enough is Enough

MN Spokesman-Recorder - Editorial: Jennifer Arnold - 3/11/2017

Jail sentence delayed for Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/11/2017

Court to landlord Stephen Frenz: Give up records or go to jail

Mark Reilly - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - 3/20/2017

 

Some Minneapolis apartment buildings get a top rating despite code violations

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/9/2017

 

Minneapolis landlord hit with largest fine in housing court history

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 2/3/2017

 

$187,390 Sanction Against Minneapolis Landlord Largest Ever

Beth Dalbey - Patch - 2/3/2017

 

2016

 

Minneapolis renters' group puts landlords on notice

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 12/28/2016

 

Minneapolis begins process to revoke landlord Stephen Frenz's rental licenses

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 11/4/2016

Renters collectively demand justice, equity from Minneapolis to St. Paul

Twin Cities Daily Planet - Cirien Saadeh - 10/10/2016

 

Accused slumlord Stephen Frenz says advocates, reporters conspired against him

CityPages - Susan Du - 9/21/2016

 

Revelation in renters’ lawsuit prompts city to act

Southwest Journal - Michelle Bruch - 9/20/2016

 

Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz deceived court, housing referee rules

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 9/14/2016

 

Stephen Frenz, notorious Minneapolis landlord, is about to face judgment

CityPages - Susan Du - 6/17/2016

 

Minneapolis renters build collective power despite retaliatory landlords

Twin Cites Daily Planet - Cristeta Boarini - 4/20/2016

 

Minneapolis landlord accused of inventing tenants for unoccupied apartments to dodge lawsuit

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 4/14/2016

 

In court, landlord Steve Frenz says Spiros Zorbalas is backer

Mark Reilly - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - 4/9/2016

Some Minneapolis landlords rack up housing violations. Does yours?

StarTribune - Eric Roper - 4/8/2016

Big Minneapolis landlord's lawyers bail mid-trial

Mark Reilly - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - 3/17/2016

 

Mpls. landlord accused of fraud in tenants' housing court trial

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/17/2016

 

Tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial

StarTribune - Randy Furst - 3/12/2016

2015

South Minneapolis tenants protest unsanitary living conditions

Fox 9 News - Iris Perez - 10/6/2015

2013

 

Minneapolis landlord with long history of troubled properties sells out  

Star Tribune - Randy Furst - 1/24/2013

After 2,000 violations, landlord sells properties

The Journal - Dylan Thomas - 1/24/2013

 

Frenz buys Minneapolis apartment portfolio from controversial investor Zorbalas

Sam Black - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal - 1/23/2013

2008

 

The Slumlord of South Minneapolis

Jonathan Kaminsky - City Pages - 1/30/2008

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