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Boston imposes four-roommate limit for students in apartments

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March 12, 2008

BOSTON—A new city regulation in Boston will limit the number of undergraduate college students sharing the same apartment to no more than four.

The Boston Zoning Commission unanimously approved the measure Wednesday after a tense City Hall hearing. Opponents of the restriction include property owners and college students who say the occupancy limit violates property rights and unfairly singles out a specific group of people.

Supporters include neighborhood groups, colleges, and city leaders. They complain of loud parties, and say the restriction will prevent landlords from turning homes into multibedroom apartments.

Other cities already have similar measures, including college towns such as Boulder, Colorado.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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