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S.D. Council Puts Restrictions on Mini-Dorms

The San Diego City Council has moved to limit the conversion of private, single-family homes into dormitory-style student residences.

The San Diego City Council has moved to limit the conversion of private, single-family homes into dormitory-style student residences.

The panel yesterday unanimously approved changing the municipal land-use code and also approved requiring houses with five or more bedrooms near universities to provide parking spaces for each room.

A separate ordinance proposed by the city attorney would ban homes with three or more bedrooms from having three or more separate rental agreements.

Landlords have been creating "mini-dorms" by creating new bedrooms in garages, attics and the like in single family residences to house students.

Residents have complained, saying the "mini-dorms" bring parties, noise and trash to family neighborhoods.