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Can A Tenant Refuse Entry to Landlord for Renovations?
With the down market, my wife and I finally decided to change from lifelong renters to first-time homebuyers. Our lease isn't up until April 1st, but we decided to look a bit early in case we wanted to take advantage of short sales / foreclosures. However, we found a great place way ahead of time.
The problem is that we don't want to (and can barely afford to) pay for both places at once for three months. I can't get out of the lease, because it demands that we pay our remaining months in full as soon as we give notice. What I'd like to do is leverage our early leaving as an asset, because the owners changed and the new ones want to remodel.
Can I refuse entry to the remodeling crew until the end of my lease in order to gain leverage? Or do they have the right to intrude on my home while I'm living in it?
PS: I realize this may vary by location, so this is specifically in regards to Minneapolis, MN, USA.