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Cedar Falls could consider fewer unrelated renters

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The idea of living in a four-bedroom apartment with three unrelated roommates may be coming to a stop in Cedar Falls.

Task Force Member Fred Abraham has proposed the idea of reducing the maximum number of unrelated renters in a single-family home from four to three.

He also think that any single family homes that are converted into rentals should either rent only to families or to no more than two unrelated people.

His idea behind these proposals, he said, is to reduce density and "preserve the character" of single-family neighborhoods.

“First, people living in family neighborhoods want families living there, not groups of unrelated people," Abraham said. "Second, they want some certainty their neighborhood won’t change much from what it was when they bought there."

Local landlord Chris Wernimont thinks this would hurt landlords profits and cause renters to have nowhere to go.

The task force will not vote on whether or not Abraham's idea should be forwarded to the Cedar Falls City Council for approval until a future meeting.

Information for this article was provided by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

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