CityLab staffer Kriston Capps digs into a growing issue in the Lone Star State—groups of young people living together to save money.
While the idea of students banding together to rent a house is certainly nothing new, there seem to be a trend of more students packing into smaller houses--and more homeowners subsequently raising a stink about it. In college towns like Austin, the proliferation of what's being referred to as "stealth dorms" is, in the opinion of some, taking over the area like ... a death storm?
Last month, the Fort Worth City Council moved to protect the city against stealth dorms. The council passed a new ordinance defining a “single housekeeping unit” as a standard for occupancy. No more than five unrelated people may occupy a single-family home, no matter how large it is.