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IL Occupancy Restr's?

Has heard of a law concerning apartment rental that states that a family, especially if it includes a toddler, has to have a certain number of rooms in their apartment? The 'person' in question is saying a 3bdrm home/apt is required for a man/wife and toddler..

Only asking cuz it seems odd that the state/gov't would have an occupancy limit on apartments, especially since as far as affordability goes, a 3person family may see it as more cost-effective to rent a 1 or 2-bdrm..

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The people in the townhouse across the street from us has 22+ people living in it. They get away with it because it goes by living space, not by bedrooms. Here is Americe you can sleep in the kitchen, it is considered living space. Ironic, their house is in forclosure. With that many people, you would think one of them could afford the rent. They aren't paying it, and the homeowner cannot afford it any other way.
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I know that I saw something from Aurora once... not sure if it's a city code or state. It had a lot more than just living space though. I would check with your city.

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There are right and wrong responses here. A Kitchen - although taken into account in the square footage of a home - does NOT constitute as "habitable" living space. This would also include bath, laundry and closet areas to name a few.

National Occupancy standards are laws that have been around for some time but have come to the surface lately. I am not going to explain it, I will let you read it for yourselves.

The City of Elgin uses these nat'l standards within their ciy code and does a very good job explaining them. Here ya go>

http://www.cityofelgin.org/index.asp?NID=418

When you are done there, click here and you can read the defining terms. This is a nationally recognized law - your community should have local ordinance in place to prevent overcrowding in residential developments.

http://www.cityofelgin.org/DocumentView.asp?DID=3489

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AFAIK, In Illinois, Occupancy is a local matter, legislated at the city, township or county level. I know of no state laws.

Many college towns have laws that limit how many unrelated people can live in a single unit. If you want to find out what the laws are, start at the village or city level and work up.

The national standards are just that, and are not law, just a set of recommendations that governments can choose to follow or not. In this area are building construction, electrical, and plumbing codes, fire codes, occupancy codes, zoning codes, etc.

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According to Sgt. McNamara of Romeoville PD, a kitchen is living space. We have both tried to clean up houses like I have mentioned. It may be different from town to town, I have only looked into this with Romeoville.
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Several towns have regulations for this and very from town to town. The bad part is it is almost never enforced. Check with your town.
It is sad to see numbers that bad. (22 people in one place) They are called single family homes for a reason. I can understand it now with people out of work, but the houses that have 2 plus familys just to save a buck is wrong.
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If the kitchen is living space... does that mean the double oven counts as a bunk bed?

Seriously, codes are typically written to prevent over-occupancy in order to protect citizen's health. 22 people? That's ridiculous.
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The people in the townhouse across the street from us has 22+ people living in it. They get away with it because it goes by living space, not by bedrooms. Here is Americe you can sleep in the kitchen, it is considered living space. Ironic, their house is in forclosure. With that many people, you would think one of them could afford the rent. They aren't paying it, and the homeowner cannot afford it any other way.
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My old townhomes, there were 20 something people in one 3 bedroom w/basement across the street. Also nextdoor was a Lithuanian flophouse that had beds in the living room, dining room, etc... God only knows how many lived there.

It was unincorporated Downers Grove, so I think it was county governed.

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BEAC: Thanks for correcting my typo; I should not have used the word standard with law in the same context. I appreciate you bringing that up.

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