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Old 03-19-2013, 09:33 PM
 
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You know - the old fashioned kind where someone with a house with excess rooms could rent out to traveling workers on a short or mid-term basis. A clean easy place to live in where sometimes meals were provided by the proprietor.

Provided a spacious cheap housing option for young singles looking to get started. Allowed people (often older women) to rent out rooms and keep their homes when otherwise they would have to sell and move from the neighborhood they've spent their whole lives in.

I'm not talking about flop houses. Some could be quite nice - think Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at 221b Baker Street.
I lived in one in the early 90s in inner city Brisbane, Australia (I'm a female and was in my late 20s back then). There were about 8 rooms and it was run by an adorable old Italian man who used to cook spaghetti Napolitana every night and if anyone wanted a plate, it was free. Even though most of the other boarders were single men, I never felt uncomfortable. It was a fully (and nicely) furnished place and I would say that all the boarders were very happy living there

As someone else pointed though, if one is going to run a boarding house, they need to follow special regulations which is why there are probably less of them. These days, you can often get people crammed into small apartments which would be against the law if it were a regulated boarding house.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:05 PM
 
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I most palces zoning makes boadrig people in a single family zoned area agisnt the law. It bascially brings property value down and people havig bought in these areas do not want it .otehrs areas its fine but the grw owth of aprtamnt complexes ahve made it overall disappear.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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I think there may be some misunderstanding of the term "boarding house" vs. indiscriminate renting to addicts, criminals and ladies of the evening.

Boarding houses in their purest form were places for "respectable" singles to live. Boarding houses were family homes and the owner(s) certainly wouldn't want, nor would they permit, undesirables to live under the same roof as they and their families.

Yes, there certainly were rules. No opposite sex visitors in the rooms, although most would permit a guest in the common areas. Consideration in the bathroom, meaning no hogging and leave it clean when you finish. No loud music, and smoking was generally banned except for the porch. The food was plain but plentiful. There was no menu. Everyone ate the same meal. Soups, stews, pot pies, plenty of bread/rolls. If you didn't care for the meal, too bad. The lady of the house was responsible for providing sheets, clean every week, and towels. In some houses, for an extra fee, you could have a bag-lunch packed for you each morning.

This was the type of home that was run by my family member. She catered strictly to males, perhaps because she had five sons of her own. She rarely had an empty room; when one gentleman left he recommended a friend to replace him.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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I think there may be some misunderstanding of the term "boarding house" vs. indiscriminate renting to addicts, criminals and ladies of the evening.

Boarding houses in their purest form were places for "respectable" singles to live. Boarding houses were family homes and the owner(s) certainly wouldn't want, nor would they permit, undesirables to live under the same roof as they and their families.

Yes, there certainly were rules. No opposite sex visitors in the rooms, although most would permit a guest in the common areas. Consideration in the bathroom, meaning no hogging and leave it clean when you finish. No loud music, and smoking was generally banned except for the porch. The food was plain but plentiful. There was no menu. Everyone ate the same meal. Soups, stews, pot pies, plenty of bread/rolls. If you didn't care for the meal, too bad. The lady of the house was responsible for providing sheets, clean every week, and towels. In some houses, for an extra fee, you could have a bag-lunch packed for you each morning.

This was the type of home that was run by my family member. She catered strictly to males, perhaps because she had five sons of her own. She rarely had an empty room; when one gentleman left he recommended a friend to replace him.
It's becoming more and more common for homeowners to rent out a bedroom ( along with perhaps a half-bathroom), and kitchen/living room privileges, to single people as a means of paying off their mortgage ( perhaps because of a layoff in the family); look for these situations to increase..
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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