A severe problem has been developing in Central and North Central Austin neighborhoods related to housing called “dorm-style duplexes” or “stealth dorms.” The terms generally describe duplexes or houses rented to six or more unrelated people, usually students, who use them as dormitories or rooming houses. For the last eight years, college towns across the country have responded to the issue of stealth dorm duplexes in older neighborhoods by lowering occupancy limits of dorm-style duplexes. It’s time for Austin to do the same.

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Click here to check out KEYE coverage of stealth dorms.

Texas Tribune takes a close look at stealth dorm’s negative impact on single family neighborhoods. Read more at Stealth Dorms Move In and Families Move Out

Read Stealth Dorm Resolution in Pecan Press–July 2013.

Austin City Council OKs two plans to track rental properties
Sarah Coppola, Austin American Statesman, June 7, 2013

Increased Penalties, Rental Registry in Plans for Austin Rental Properties
Community Impact, June 7, 2013

Join fellow neighborhood associations in supporting the Tovo-Martinez resolution to enforce codes for stealth dorms at June 6th City Council Meeting. Sign the petition now!!

Permit reviewer suspected of taking money to rush applications
Austin American-Statesman, May 23, 2013



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