West St. Paul Rental Ban
Wondering in WSP

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jan 17, 2013
I was wondering what people who own homes in West St. Paul think about the rental ban imposed on them by their city council? If you don't know a "rental density ordinance" was imposed on West St Paul residents which says that no more than 10% of any block can be rental housing. Winona is being sued for this and Mankato passed a similar bill. These cities passed their bans due to being college towns with tons of rentals but West St. Paul is not a college town nor does it seem to have a large amount of slumlord properties. The ban seems to arbitrarily deprive certain property owners of their rights while allowing others theirs. Any other thoughts on this from people in West St. Paul? Do you like the ban and the city removing your property rights or dislike it?
James

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 1, 2013
Winona is being sued for their rental ban. That is the test case and will set the precedent. If the ban is thrown out there then West St Paul and the other cities that put these rental bans in place will have to get rid of it themselves or be sued and lose. I personally think they are terrible and totally unconstitutional. How can the city say one person on a block can rent but another can't?
Sundry

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 4, 2013
It's illegal for me to rent my own home in West St. Paul? Who owns the house I pay taxes on? Me or the city council? This ordinance is wrong and needs to go!

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