La Crosse aims to curb home conversion to rentals

The city of La Crosse is looking for ways to prevent more single-family homes from becoming rentals.

La Crosse Tribune reports nearly half of the city’s housing is already for rent.

A committee formed to increase oversight of rented homes and to encourage home ownership issued a report Wednesday with recommendations that include requiring conditional use permits for rentals. The permits would let the city set criteria for rental properties and gather more information about them.

But even some committee members say the recommendations go too far.

Committee member and real estate agent Donna Proudfit says she thinks a recommendation to inspect properties up for sale, not just rentals, is an overreach of government power.