Evicted, most likely, by the letter of the law

  • Article by: Dan Perucco
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 6:09 PM

We thought common sense would apply in our Minneapolis example. Little did we know.

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mandansmomDec. 11, 13 6:20 PM

"While I agree with this goal, my housemates and I feel anything but victimized by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church."

Is this a typo? Does anybody out there know the particulars here? If the issue is a city ordinance, and beaurocracy involved in getting a variance, how is a church "victimizing" the residents?

masterson1Dec. 11, 13 6:34 PM

It's not a bureaucratic nightmare as you say, it's the left telling you all how to live (according to smart growth)

retroguyDec. 11, 13 6:34 PM

There are or should be exceptions to every rule and this one is a good example. There should be an ombudsman who could sign off on this case. Rules may not be made to be broken but they certainly can be bent.

bettyanneDec. 11, 13 7:11 PM

Actually that ordinance is not really from the left but just a NIMBY law used to restrict where group homes are located.

supervon2Dec. 11, 13 7:15 PM

As a former landlord I know that over occupancy can be a big problem. You're providing free utilities plus security is compromised. They don't make these laws up for fun-the real question is how many should live there? 2?4?6?20? This can be a huge problem.

FrankieDec. 11, 13 7:56 PM

Once you get a over flow they will be sleeping in the hallways. Got have certain restrictions and not who ever lives there sets the rules.

BroonieDec. 11, 13 8:19 PM

Six bedrooms, six adults. One person per bedroom. No one requires a personal care attendant or nurse. Minneapolis, I am scratching my head. Over-occupancy?

stpaulisbestDec. 11, 13 9:58 PM

Sorry pal, but it's for everyone's good. How hard would it be to do what you're supposed to do? How hard would it be to do what everyone else has to do? You're special because you work for a church? This isn't only about protecting tenants from unscrupulous landlords. It's also about zoning for a neighborhood. I you want a rooming house zoning change then get the support of your neighbors, go to the city council and ask for a variance or a zoning change. Do what people do.

ruphinaDec. 11, 1310:07 PM

To those posters not getting it- it isn't the church forcing them out- it is the city. it is possible that the Church is filing the eviction 9the article doesn't really say), but it is the ordinance and the intransigence of the bureaucracy forcing them to. Maybe the answer is for 2 to get married and adopt the other 4. Or maybe push the envelope and all 6 marry each of the rest. Bill G.

hermajestyDec. 11, 1311:05 PM

The ordinance ought to be rewritten so that a big old house can house as many unrelated adults as there are bedrooms. I've often thought that some of these old houses could be solutions for older single adults who don't want to be alone--sort of an updated version of the commune, only with older, more responsible people.


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