Some Property Owners Seek Changes To Greenville Housing Rule

Three public forums will be held this month to determine if an ordinance in Greenville that says only three unrelated people can live together in a home should be changed.

The three unrelated rule has been a city ordinance in Greenville for more than thirty years. Some property owners want it modified to accommodate homes with more than three bedrooms.

City council members say that the ordinance was originally designed to help maintain the single family character of neighborhoods. But during these tough economic times, some property owners like Frank Cassiano argue changes should be made. "We're not making it a free for all but I mean if you have a six bedroom home or a four bedroom or a five bedroom, putting three people in it is not economical. They can't afford the utility bill, or fix the house up to bring it up to code."

City councilwoman Marion Blackburn says, "I think there's no question that a change to this ordinance would be detrimental to our university community, to our other center city communities and to every neighborhood in our city."

Cassiano says the key is to make landlords responsible for their tenants and for making sure that the property has adequate parking for the number of occupants in the home.

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