The following is from the BGNews of Bowling Green University in
"City ordinance sets cap at three for unrelated individuals in a single house
By: Lisa Halverstadt
When senior Jenna Sobb and five of her friends moved into a five-bedroom house on
Their landlord, Douglas Cheetwood, had separate agreements with the three students who weren't on the lease and had allowed them to mail their rent checks to him, according to court records. Six male University students who lived in the house last school year had a similar arrangement. Their parents signed agreements and mailed checks to Cheetwood.
By Jan. 9, Cheetwood was convicted of 200 violations of city code. Cheetwood could be fined nearly $50,000 if he violates the code again during his two-year probation. Fellow
City Prosecutor Matt Reger said city officials will continue to investigate zoning violations and uphold the ordinance created in 1975. Nearly all of the violations have involved college-aged people and while it may appear otherwise, Reger said the ordinance is made to protect them. "Students sometimes believe that we are attempting to do something that hurts them," he said. " I understand that [...] but in a way, we're helping students so that rent goes down." If landlords want students to live at their properties, they'll have to lower their rents so it's affordable for three students to live in home, he said.
When the city began cracking down on zoning violations in 2005, then-Undergraduate Student Government President Alex Wright and other students opposed the law. Landlords didn't like it either. In February 2005, Frobose and others told The BG News they thought the ordinance should be updated to reflect change in the community and society. Though he acknowledged the community has changed since the ordinance was created, Reger said students should realize they don't benefit from living with more than three other students. "The landlords are the only ones who benefit," he said."