Resident urges City Council to reconsider housing

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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One Iowa City resident is disgruntled with residents of parental non-owner-occupied housing, or "dude housing."

North Side resident Steve Smith wrote to Iowa City City Council in May commenting on what he labeled as nuisances coming from neighboring residence.

"… wealthy parents buying their little boys houses in the Near North Side, and their boy is a freshman college student who then rents out rooms to his buddies — making the house, essentially, a mini-fratenernity or dorm house," Smith said in his email.

Douglas Boothroy, the director of Housing and Inspection Services, suggested the City Council consider additional regulations to address the concerns about parental non-owner-occupied housing.

In the previous year, five parental non-owner-occupied homes were cited with a criminal nuisance out of the 309 properties so cited.

City officials do not recommend any additional regulations.

— by Asmaa Elkeurti

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