City considers crack down on stealth dorms

AUSTIN (AP) — Austin is considering a crackdown on so-called “stealth dorms,” capping the number of unrelated people who can live in single-family homes or duplexes at four.

City council will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to lower the current cap from six to four. The council could vote during the same meeting.

Such a move is supported by some residents of neighborhoods near the University of Texas’ flagship campus. They complain that developers have replaced dozens of small houses with larger ones that can accommodate several roommates.

Stealth dorms sometimes cause problems like overflowing garbage cans, noise and clogged street parking.

And more residents who get fed up and move have their homes bought up for new, dorm-style housing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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