How many people can live in a property?

A tenant may be limited by the agreement reached with the landlord (whether it is a written or oral agreement) but also is governed by the total habitable floor space within the unit. A rule of thumb is to take the number of people and put the number 50 behind it to calculate the minimum number of square feet required. This does not include hallways, closets, baths, or storage spaces. Cellars of buildings may not be used as part of the living area because they do not meet the standard for habitable space.

Every dwelling unit with 2 or more bedrooms is as follows: 

  • 1 occupant in bedroom is 70 square feet. 
  • Additional occupant needs additional 50 square feet.

Helpful Resources

See Ordinance 132-146.

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1. Can a citizen request a copy of his or her case?
2. How can one find out the status of a case?
3. How long should a complainant wait to call the inspector?
4. How many people can live in a property?
5. How should one address a housing problem?
6. What are the penalties associated with violating city housing codes?
7. What happens if a court appearance is not made when required?