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Old 11-27-2007, 02:37 PM
 
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Hello there. To introduce the situation, I and my current three roommates attend UNCC and live on-campus. We are wishing to move off-campus next semester but have a small problem. My girlfriend currently lives with me, and my roommate's girlfriend will be living with us next Summer. My question is, I have been trying to find places to rent an apartment from around UNCC, and upon my first phone call was just told that the state of North Carolina has a law that states only one heartbeat per room. I tried to google this, to no avail, and could not find a listing of north carolina's residency laws. To sum up the occupants, we wish to rent a 4-bedroom apartment with 6 people. The two extra people are both female partners of myself and one other roommate. This means that two rooms would have two people, and two would have one person living within it.

I was just curious as to whether or not someone actually knows what law they are referring to, or if it is impossible to get a 4-bedroom apartment with 5 people (and six later on).

Thanks,

Will
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Old 11-27-2007, 02:53 PM
 
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Dial 311 and ask for assistence on the housing code. I know for a FACT that for some of the outlying towns only allow 2 roomates are allowed per residence. Anything more than that, and only up to six, requires a permit from the town and modifications to the home. However, the city of Charlotte probably has a slightly different housing code.

I will tell you that many university area apartments have 4 bedrooms, all masters. This is to allow for four roomates, as is common in college! Check with the city through 311.
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Old 11-27-2007, 03:28 PM
 
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Thank you. The "ordnance" states that only two persons per bedroom. The place I was looking at has an issue with more than one persons per room, I'm assuming due to the fact it would be another $450/month if that person could not share a room and had to get another.

I will have to search for somewhere that allows the 2/room.

Thanks a million,

xazraelx.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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Dial 311 and ask for assistence on the housing code. I know for a FACT that for some of the outlying towns only allow 2 roomates are allowed per residence. Anything more than that, and only up to six, requires a permit from the town and modifications to the home. However, the city of Charlotte probably has a slightly different housing code.

I will tell you that many university area apartments have 4 bedrooms, all masters. This is to allow for four roomates, as is common in college! Check with the city through 311.
When moving from Charlotte to out of state we needed to rent vs sell our house b/c of the market conditions. We were told verbally that the tenants had 3 teenage children only to find out from the neighbors that they had 9 kids (all living there). They have done significant damage to our house upon the expiration of their 2 year lease (stupidly we didn't do walk throughs). We are checking to see if they broke the occupancy laws. This was a single family house. Are there regulations on tenant laws per house? They had up to 4 children/room in one room.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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My girlfriend currently lives with me, and my roommate's girlfriend will be living with us next Summer.l
That sounds like a hilarious sitcom. I'd watch it!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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DWG, you're pretty well screwed unless you can get a judgment on the leaseholder. and I'll say the chances are pretty slim since they probably know the "game". Occupancy laws won't do any good since they are probably already gone. Maybe call Social Services or CPS. I'm pretty sure they will take exception to 4 kids in one room if it can be seen. If they're gone, just fix it and move on.

This is why I constantly tell people to not get into rental properties if they don't have enough money or credit to rebuild the whole house.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Don't any of you want privacy? What's the reason that you all need to live in the same place? Why not 4 in one place and two in another? You'll end up hanging out together anyway, but then you can have some quiet when you need it, too.
Personally, I'd rather have a place of my own with my girlfriend than have to share it with 4 other people, too.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Don't any of you want privacy? What's the reason that you all need to live in the same place? Why not 4 in one place and two in another? You'll end up hanging out together anyway, but then you can have some quiet when you need it, too.
Personally, I'd rather have a place of my own with my girlfriend than have to share it with 4 other people, too.
The original post is 4.5 years old.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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just called 311 in Houston. I have a 470 square foot studio. They transferred me to the occupancy department, 8323948880. They said they had no problem with one adult and one child in this apartment even if the apartment company has to lie on the application and refuses to list the child on the lease.

I saw a fair housing opinion by general counsel that lists 50 square feet per person, minimum 150 square feet in a room
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