Ames City Council approves rental occupancy code exemptions

With little fanfare and even less discussion Tuesday, the Ames City Council took less than four minutes to approve a revised ordinance carving out exemptions to a rental occupancy cap in neighborhoods near the Iowa State campus.  The vote came after months of debate and a weeks after Mayor John Haila vetoed an first version of the ordianance.  Under the new ordinance language, a “bona fide rental” is defined as a property where there is a “genuine, legitimate” dealing between landlord and tenant, and changes a previous amendment to landlords that live in the same property as a tenant to apply for a rental permit if their property has two bedrooms or less.  The council also suspended it's rules and passed the ordinance on a second and third readling.  The rental cap exemption ordinance takes effect 30 days after it's published.