Rochester Supporting Winona in State Supreme Court Case

Created: 06/02/2014 11:02 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) --  The Rochester City Council has decided to support the city of Winona in a state supreme court case.

The lawsuit stems from Winona's rental ordinance that only allows 30 percent of homeowners on any block to rent out their homes.

Opponents say it unfairly restricts a homeowner's rights.  Supporters say it encourages families to move back into rental-heavy neighborhoods.

Rochester council members say filing a friend of the court brief makes it possible to adopt a similar law if Winona prevails in court.

"What we're looking to do is to have more options in how we help the city of Rochester and how we help the core neighborhoods and areas to try to control some of the rental that gets out of hand in some places," Rochester City Councilor Mark Bilderback said.

At this point Rochester doesn't have a rental ordinance of this sort.  Council members say it would be something to look into.