ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud residents concerned about future potential rental properties will have a chance to be heard. The city council tonight (Monday) voted to hold a public hearing next month on a possible one-year moratorium on any new single-family homes being converted to rental properties.

Council President Jeff Goerger cautioned the last time the city had a rental home moratorium in 2006 there were consequences.

We had a lot of applications for rental licenses before the moratorium became into effect, and when it ended we had a pile of them right then. So the demand doesn't go away.

The vote to hold a public hearing passed on a 5-to-2 vote with council members John Libert and Jeff Johnson voting against. Some council members argued that they should hold a study session on the  issue first, before setting a public hearing, to see if there's a need for a temporary moratorium.