Hoboken Legal Beagle – 8/26/2008
Today’s “to the point” Hoboken411 Legal Beagle segment is about student housing in Hoboken.
Is student housing OK in residential Hoboken?
“I am a resident and taxpayer in the northern section of Hoboken, and it has come to my attention that there are units in my building that are being rented/leased for the purposes of student housing.
This is NOT to be confused with students who independently lease/rent a unit, but rather an Educational Institution leasing a unit in a residential building, installing dormitory furniture, and housing enrolled students.
I do not have any specific problem with individual tenants, nor do I expect to. But I am not sure I would have chosen to live in a luxury family-oriented residence if I had known it was, at the same time, Student Housing.
But I am curious as to the legality of this situation, as I am unsure how a “luxury” residential building can, in my mind, sub-lease to a private institution individual units for student housing.
Are there particular zoning laws, or rules and regulations that either permit or prohibit this practice?”
Hoboken411 Legal Beagle says:
I suppose your referring to Stevens Institute of Technology, which does provide housing for students in different building throughout Hoboken (at least on Washington and Hudson Streets). There is nothing wrong, from a zoning and legal perspective with a Landlord renting units to Stevens and then Stevens subletting them to students. If Landlord allows such an arrangement the Law would not interfere. As long as the units have kitchens and do not become “rooming houses” (see Hoboken City Code) there is no nothing improper with such an arrangement.
- ROOMING HOUSE — Any dwelling or that part of any dwelling containing one (1) or more rooming units, in which space is let by the owner or operator to three (3) or more persons who are not husband or wife, son or daughter, mother or father, sister or brother of the owner or operator.
- ROOMING UNIT — Any room or group of rooms forming a single habitable unit used or intended to be used for living and sleeping, but not for cooking or eating purposes.