- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder officials say for the time-being they won’t enforce strict occupancy limits against households that may operate like co-ops in three predominantly student neighborhoods until they can come up with a better solution that will protect people who can’t afford their own houses.

Boulder laws bar more than three unrelated people from living together in low-density residential areas and four people in medium-density neighborhoods. The law applies regardless of the size of the house or the number of bedrooms.

Residents who want stronger limits say enforcement should be focused on parking, noise and trash issues that affect their quality of life.

Stephen Haydel, who lives in an area with many student rentals, said he hopes the city enforces rules for landlords.

“What we want is the occupancy listed in the advertisement and the lease being such that the tenants and the landlords know what the occupancy really is,” he said.

The Boulder City Council has already approved an ordinance that makes it easier to enforce occupancy complaints by adding new requirements for landlords and increasing fines, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/onch7eo).

Opponents of stricter laws say sharing housing is the only way some people can afford to live in Boulder, while homeowners in student-heavy neighborhoods said the city should protect single-family homes where residents are battling with investors who can make more money by renting to students.

Councilman Andrew Shoemaker said he disagrees with people who say it could be difficult to tell the difference between co-ops and houses.

Mayor Suzanne Jones said a selective moratorium on enforcement is temporary until the rules for cooperatives can be resolved.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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