MN REALTORS can jointly claim victory with the Builders of the Twin Cities in our fight against regulated sprinkler mandates in new construction homes. Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s petition for review, meaning that the Court of Appeals decision invalidating the sprinkler mandate in 1 and 2-family homes stands, and is now the law throughout Minnesota.
MN REALTORS® played an import role in this long regulatory battle – in the legislature and in the courts. After obtaining a grant from the National Association of REALTORS®, MN REALTORS® worked with the BATC to jointly engage in a public campaign against a sprinkler mandate. The two associations obtained over 10,000 petition signatures by running public facing ads, conducted multiple calls for action, published newspaper counterpoints, and used a phone vendor to patch through constituents to their legislators via telephone in order to voice their opinion.
When legislative efforts were not enough, MN REALTORS® joined BATC in the court room by supplying an amicus brief to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals sided with the Builders and the MN REALTORS® and invalided the sprinkler mandate in 1 and 2-family homes. Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied the Department of Labor and Industry’s petition for the Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals decision. This means that there is not a sprinkler Mandate in 1 and 2 family homes in Minnesota; and keeps housing affordable by saving Minnesotans ten thousand dollars or more in their new construction homes.
The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.