The City Council held Workshops on February 20, 2018 and March 20, 2018 to discuss occupancy-related changes to the Rental and Zoning Codes. At the March 20th meeting, the City Council made several motions for revisions to the Rental Code. Those motions can be read in the March 27th Council Action Form. At the March 27th meeting, Council approved the first reading of an ordinance addressing the motions from the March 20th Workshop. These changes include amendments to the number of required parking spaces, the number of bedrooms counted for occupancy purposes, and clarification of the definition of adult and owner-occupied. It also extended the moratorium on new rental registrations through May 31st.
The new occupancy regulations are based on the number of bedrooms within a dwelling unit. In each dwelling unit, the following number of adults (this is a change from three unrelated persons) are allowed:
- One Bedroom: 3 Adults
- Two Bedroom: 3 Adults
- Three Bedroom: 3 Adults
- Four Bedroom: 4 Adults
- Five or More Bedrooms: 5 Adults
For rental dwelling units within the Near Campus Neighborhoods, occupancy is determined by the number of bedrooms listed in the records of the Inspection Division on January 1, 2018. The number of bedrooms in a property that was not a registered rental prior to January 1, 2018 will be determined at the initial inspection.
For purposes of determining occupancy, an "adult" is an individual 18 years of age or older; excluded from this definition is the dependent of an adult, both sharing as their primary residence the location of the registered rental property. Dependent status shall be demonstrated through a current tax return or court-ordered guardianship or court-ordered conservatorship.
The Near Campus Neighborhoods, also referred to as the moratorium areas, are: