Posted at 9:44 AM on May 8, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Political parties
The Republican Party of Minnesota has escaped eviction from its St. Paul office.
The party and its landlord, HUB Properties Trust, have reached a confidential agreement to keep the GOP in its current location on Park St. near the state Capitol in St. Paul.
The Republican party is $96,000 behind in rent, according to the HUB complaint.
The eviction complaint filed by HUB with the Ramsey County District Court in April will be dismissed and the new rent agreement will be submitted to the court under seal.
The new agreement includes a provision that says if the party again defaults on its rent, a writ of eviction will be issued immediately, HUB attorney Joseph Lawder said in court.
However, Lawder would not provide further details of the deal, such as whether the party will be paying less rent each month.
"I can't get into the terms," Lawder said. "That's why it's confidential."
Lawder said that the decision to make the agreement confidential was negotiated as part of the deal.
"It was just important to both sides," he said.