Porch Couch Ban

By: AP
By: AP

Ann Arbor officials plan to start cracking down on upholstered furniture on porches, saying it can be a deadly fire threat.
The University of Michigan campus town has a long tradition of couches on the front porches of student rental housing. Fires that started on porches have been blamed on a number of house blazes, including one in April that killed a 22-year-old Eastern Michigan University student.
Ann Arbor enacted a ban on upholstered furniture on porches about a month ago, and officials tell WXYZ-TV that a grace period for enforcement has now ended.
Authorities plan to issue warning tickets and to cite those who don't comply. The penalty can be up to $1,000, plus the cost to the city of removing the furniture.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    Wish Lansing and East Lansing would both do the same, as it's unsightly and makes the neighborhoods look like slums.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    Those landlords can handle the cost. They make that much for a week of rent.
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