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La Crosse City Council extends rental conversion moratorium

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The La Crosse City Council was split Thursday night on whether or not to extend the rental conversion moratorium.

In the end, 12 members voted to approve an additional 90 days to the ban on converting single family homes into rental properties.

It started back in July after it was made known that more than 700 single family homes were rentals. Since then, dozens of landlords have come forth looking for waivers to the moratorium, most because they were not properly registered.

Just like the council, residents are split on the end of the moratorium, but agree there's work to be done. "I think there's some issues, I don't think it's as bad as some people are suggesting. But I think there are some things that can be improved by better enforcement," said President-elect of the La Crosse Area Realtor's Association Kent Gabrielsen.

"We've gotten a lot of good feeling about people's commitment to this issue, but it takes time, and we understand that and that's why we wanted more time," said Jacob Sciammas of the Grandview- Emerson Neighborhood Association.

On Tuesday, a city committee presented the council with a series of ideas to address the increase in rental homes. Council members hope additional time will allow them to enact some of those ideas.


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