Winona implemented the nation's first comprehensive rental cap ordinance in 2006.The so-called 30 percent rule was imposed to rein in "excessive on-street parking, anti-social behavior and deteriorating housing conditions" among students renting houses near the university.
"The importance of the case is the city's ability to impose appropriate licensing standards for the betterment of the community," said George Hoff, who represented the city before the appellate court.
Since property owners with rental units were grandfathered in, the number of houses that can be legally rented varies block to block.I'm glad somebody is fighting this. Rent controls like these almost always result in economic inefficiencies, and in this case its clear that big-business (the university) is just trying to capture more economic gains by these restrictions.
I'm not optimistic that the courts will resolve this on the side for freedom, but I'm happy that these individuals are fighting for it.