Duluth's Rental Market Opens to New Multi-Tenant Rentals

By KBJR News 1

January 2, 2012 Updated Jan 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - This week Duluth's rental market opens up to new multi-tenant rentals after a "protection zone" was lifted with the start of the New Year.

Although the "protection zone" in the neighborhoods around UMD and St. Scholastica had allowed for new single-family rentals, it did not allow new multi-tenant rentals.

Multi-tenant rentals consist of two or more people living together who are not related nor romantically involved, such as college students or young professionals.

One realtor believes the parking and social issues associated with multi-tenant rentals are being resolved.

"If we see a rash of uncontrolled growth in concentrations in these neighborhoods and we have the problems, if it just escalates out of our control again, we can always go back," said realtor Gary Kalligher.

Kalligher is one of several landlords suing the city over fees and definitions in the rental reform that went into affect last March.

A hearing is expected later this month.

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