Living with more than three friends might not be the party it seems — especially when town law requires one of you to move out.
Junior Winn Wright said goodbye to three roommates Monday after they moved out as a result of Chapel Hill’s Land Use Management Ordinance.
The ordinance forbids homes that are classified, built and zoned as single family dwelling units from being occupied by more than four people who are not related by blood, marriage or a domestic partnership.
For every day after receiving notice that more than four people remain in the house, the town can collect a $100 fine. Both the tenants and rental management company can be held liable.
After receiving a “huge rash of complaints,” Chapel Hill Senior Code Enforcement Officer Chelsea Laws said she is going to strictly enforce the law.
“This job is basically complaint-driven,” she said. “I’m not telling anybody to be low-key, but if there’s a reason to complain, I’ll get a complaint.
“When I get a complaint, I am going to follow through.”
Wright moved into his six-bedroom home in May with six other roommates, though only four tenants were listed on the lease.
In September, Wright and his roommates received a letter from the town demanding three move out. The four tenants named in the lease remain in the house while the three other occupants moved out Monday.