Roommates. They're a fact of life for many young people who wantto live in the heart of major cities across the country, with whatrents are nowadays. But what many don't know is that they may bebreaking the law.As explained in a recent article in the New York Times, severalareas, including-surprisingly-New York City, have laws againstallowing more than three unrelated people sharing a residence.Though these laws aren't strictly enforced-or rather, are rarelyenforced-it may still be a concern for landlords.Saythese laws are enforced. Who would be held responsible? Thelandlord? The tenants? The apartment manager? What would happen torental rates? And how about apartments in college towns, where it'snot unheard of to have several people living in a single unit.Ifyou're an apartment owner or manager, are cohabitation laws atop-of-mind concern? Are there ways to get around them? Has anyonehad to deal with these issues in reality? Are they a detriment tomuiltifamily owners and operators? Or do these laws make sense?

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