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June 20, 2013

NT encourages converting rental homes into single-family units

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Tonawanda News — If approved after a public comment period, oversight would come directly from the city clerk-treasurer's office. 

"Many of these homes have been sliced up into units," Nickerson said. "The concept has been to make an incentive for property owners to convert those houses (back into single-family dwellings). We were finally able to find a mechanism for that concept. The legislation has been given to the council." 

Andres said he believes the measure would reduce transient neighborhoods and encourage homeowners to live in them rather than split them up and rent them out. 

"We're looking to encourage homeownership," he said. "I think it shows vision, I think it shows that we're trying to improve the city. Nobody is going to be forced into it." 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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