The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the Lake Michigan town of Ogden Dunes can keep homeowners from renting their houses to vacationers.
The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports the high court has ruled that the town's ordinance clearly states residential homes can't be used for commercial purposes and renting a house is clearly commercial.
The Indiana Court of Appeals previously struck down the rental ban, saying short-term rentals don't violate the zoning ordinance. A trial judge had initially ordered a couple who rented their home to pay $40,000 in fines for violating Ogden Dune's ordinance.
The high court found the fine was too high. The Supreme Court remanded the case back to the trial court to set a fine of no more than $32,500.