Winona Mayor Mark Peterson says he continues to support Winona's 30-percent housing rule even though the the Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear objections from a group of local citizens.
Some Winona homeowners appealed the decision, arguing it's not the city's job to limit the number of homeowners on any one block who want to rent their properties. Tuesday the court agreed to hear the challenge and Peterson says he hopes the court will side with two lower-court rulings that favored the rule.
Winona city leaders passed the rule in 2005 to control the number of homes being used as rentals near the Winona State University campus. Other Minnesota cities have passed similar caps on rentals, including Mankato, Northfield and West. St. Paul.
Anthony Sanders, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, who represents the homeowners, said the decision by the state's highest court to hear the case is significant.
Sanders says the fact that the Supreme Court has taken this case means that they are taking the groups' arguments very seriously and that they see that this is a major issue of statewide impact, whether or not you have a right to rent out your own home when you're not harming anyone else.