Minnesota cities try to hold back on rented housing

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2011 - 11:22 PM

Three homeowners sue, saying limiting a person's right to rent out their house is un-American.

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jereaDec. 26, 11 8:35 PM

As the middle class continues to decline, and the wealth of the 1% continues to grow, they will buy all our foreclosures and short sales, and we will end up renting from them. Welcome to the United States, where 1% of the people control the lives of the lower 99%. Congratulations Republicans, you win. Game. Set. Match.

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jbpaperDec. 26, 11 8:57 PM

"City Council Member Jim Englin said too many rental properties can crush a neighborhood. "If I have three renters around me and you are telling me my housing value doesn't go down, you are wrong."" ----What do you think is going to happen to the value of your home if you have 3 vacant houses around you?

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dfcash55Dec. 26, 11 9:10 PM

I live in North Minneapolis and we are prime example of this problem. Section 8 renters seem to been even worse than your garden variety rental property.

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stryper1961Dec. 26, 11 9:11 PM

i would sue the city for lost revenue for unjustly and perhaps illegally denying my right to rent the property and then appeal however high as necessary to get these people who implement and enforce such things to pay my damages and get them to cease and desist....as long as nobody stands up to this garbage the powers that be will continue and gradually get worse and worse....STAND UP AND FIGHT THESE IDIOTS.

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janie78Dec. 26, 11 9:14 PM

One way to ensure that the value of the neighboring properties is maintained is by ensuring sound building codes in all housing and rigorous enforcement. There is a strong need for decent rental housing for families and for those who do not want or who are not able to purchase their own homes. This need will likely continue, especially given the economic conditions present now and likely in the next several years. That said, there is no reason that anyone should have to live in run down, badly maintained properties, whether they rent or own. Unfortunately, in Winona, there are few rental properties available for families and a surplus of rental properties geared towards students. Don't believe me? Drive around the university neighborhoods and see all the run down houses converted into student rentals with for rent signs prominently displayed year round. Drive or better yet walk around the neighborhoods where people are trying to raise their families on a weekend night when all the drunk college students wonder about, breaking things and disturbing the peace. None of which is helped by a lethargic and weak response by local law enforcement. Go S. St. Paul! Good luck. A 10 percent rule is the way to go. For those who decry this as an impingement on property rights, I can't just open a business in my home. Renting a house is a business for the landlord.

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mred58Dec. 26, 11 9:24 PM

the value of homes are at the bottom.thank you mr banker.

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threed61Dec. 26, 11 9:25 PM

The unspoken purpose of zoning laws is to keep low income and minority people out of white middle class neighborhoods. The people who usually rent.

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ironman6975Dec. 26, 11 9:26 PM

Yeah, vacant houses actually make the neighborhood look worse and if the banks own them, they won't sit there and take care of them, they have already lost money on them and won't put any money into them to keep the yard look nice. I have watched a few houses around here that were foreclosed and the yards looked like manure after a few months, which makes the rest of the neighborhood look worse. Really people, which one would you rather have a empty house waiting for squatters and kids to vandalize and or have renters in there?? Besides this is America where the chance to make money is suppose to be a right and renting a house is a way to make extra money.

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parn0015Dec. 26, 11 9:49 PM

Regulations like this just make it harder for low income people. A large percentage of the population cannot afford to purchase their own home, and limiting the number of available rental homes and units will eventually drive the price of renting up.

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goldwaterDec. 26, 1110:08 PM

"homeowners say limiting a person's right to rent out their house is un-American" So what? This isn't America. This is the People's Republic of Minnesota.

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