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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Milford mulls requirement for common space in apartments


Letting people sleep in the living room may soon be outlawed in Milford.

As part of ongoing efforts to fight overcrowding in rental housing, the Board of Health is considering new regulations that would require most residences to have a minimum amount of common space.

Director of public health Paul Mazzuchelli says that the proposed regulations are aimed at homes in which common spaces such as living rooms have been converted into bedrooms. Such conversions can lead to health problems for residents and have sparked complaints from neighbors about noise, excessive trash, and parking problems, he said.

If enacted, residences with two to five bedrooms would need to include at least 150 square feet of common space, with 250 square feet required for homes with five or more bedrooms.

-- Will Kilburn

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