Austin trims housing cap to 4 unrelated residents

stealth dorms

AUSTIN (AP) — The Austin City Council has approved restrictions that mean just four unrelated adults will be allowed to live in new single-family homes or duplexes, instead of the current six occupants.

Council members on Thursday approved the action amid concerns about so-called “stealth dorms” in the city that’s home to the University of Texas.

Homes built in the future can have only four unrelated adults as residents. Existing homes that house up to six unrelated people will be allowed to continue.

Some residents of neighborhoods near UT have complained about dorm-style homes with an overflow of residents, traffic and trash.

Opponents of the change have said Austin is growing and residents need affordable housing options with possible multiple roommates.

The updated housing cap takes effect in 10 days. 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. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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