Proposed Rental Rule Limiting Bedrooms May Not Affect All of Duluth

By KBJR News 1

May 29, 2012 Updated May 29, 2012 at 9:36 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - There could soon be a new twist to Duluth's rental reform ordinance designed to ease population density.

However, the proposed rule to limit the number of bedrooms in new rentals, may not affect the whole city.

This proposed rule would limit the number of occupied bedrooms in new rentals to four.

The overall ordinance limiting bedrooms is meant to help keep neighborhood density down.

Councilors tabled an amendment that would have specifically said dwellings containing more than four original bedrooms prior to the last sale of the home would be exempt from the rule.

The tabling happened after councilors decided more time was needed to discuss the issue and possible loopholes.

Councilor Jay Fosle also discussed adding an amendment that this rule only apply to neighborhoods near UMD and St. Scholastica.

"Everyone's talking about the campus area. I got a hundred emails, they're all 19th Ave East, 20th Ave East, Woodland, nothing in West Duluth. These people aren't, they're not even paying attention, but it's going to affect them when it comes down to it," said Councilor Fosle.

Councilors plan to discuss the rental ordinance and any possible amendments again at the next council meeting.

Meanwhile landlords are not happy with the bedroom limit idea. Many came to the meeting to speak about alternative ideas that may help alleviate population density related problems.

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