CHARLESTON, W.Va. - South Charleston officials could soon strike a portion of city code allowing owners of single-family homes to rent out rooms.
The ordinance under consideration wouldn't necessarily outlaw renting to boarders, but such activity would no longer be considered a permitted use for residential areas. That means the city could force landowners to cease renting rooms as a zoning violation if problems occur.
Council members will consider the ordinance on second reading at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
"We're not going to go house to house and search out people who are renting rooms," South Charleston City Engineer Steve DeBarr said. "That is not our intent at all."
There have been some problems concerning boarders reported to city officials in recent years.
In those cases, a tenant who isn't listed on the property lease is usually causing a nuisance for neighbors like frequent parties, parking problems or drug activity. Because the renter isn't listed on the lease, the city has a difficult time finding the responsible party, DeBarr said.
"If we encounter a problem, it's one more tool we can use," he said.
The ordinance wouldn't affect regular rental agreements.