Hoboken Legal Beagle – 8/26/2008

8/26/2008:

Today’s “to the point” Hoboken411 Legal Beagle segment is about student housing in Hoboken.

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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:

Hoboken Legal BeagleI 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.

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58 Comments on "Hoboken Legal Beagle – 8/26/2008"


bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 30 days ago

[quote comment=”102079″]Stevens does not allow Freshman, Sophomores or Juniors to have cars on campus. The only exception to this rule are students working on co-op (internships) that are not accessible by public transportation (these students receive a letter from Stevens to HPU and pay the “temporary pass” fee – $45/45 days, I believe?).

Seniors are allowed to apply for a parking pass, but I’m fairly certain their pass is only good for on-campus parking. I know for a fact that students living in off campus housing (including Greek houses on Castle Point Terrace/Hudson streets) are not considered residents and are therefore unable to apply for resident passes.

As for other people who have out of state license plates (ie-Ontario, as mentioned above) – the owner may very well have a Hoboken license and be a Hoboken resident, but driving a company car (although Ontario seems a bit extreme, I can easily see this being the case with a NY car). The owner just needs to have a Hoboken license and a letter from the company stating they are driving the given car.

And for the record, the Stevens-rented units only had 6 people living in them for the first few weeks of last September while they were waiting for more units and the new dorm to open up. The 2 bedroom units now only have 3-4 students in them.[/quote]

that all sounds fair to me as far as the parking goes. 🙂

nickf
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nickf
8 years 1 month ago

Stevens does not allow Freshman, Sophomores or Juniors to have cars on campus. The only exception to this rule are students working on co-op (internships) that are not accessible by public transportation (these students receive a letter from Stevens to HPU and pay the “temporary pass” fee – $45/45 days, I believe?).

Seniors are allowed to apply for a parking pass, but I’m fairly certain their pass is only good for on-campus parking. I know for a fact that students living in off campus housing (including Greek houses on Castle Point Terrace/Hudson streets) are not considered residents and are therefore unable to apply for resident passes.

As for other people who have out of state license plates (ie-Ontario, as mentioned above) – the owner may very well have a Hoboken license and be a Hoboken resident, but driving a company car (although Ontario seems a bit extreme, I can easily see this being the case with a NY car). The owner just needs to have a Hoboken license and a letter from the company stating they are driving the given car.

And for the record, the Stevens-rented units only had 6 people living in them for the first few weeks of last September while they were waiting for more units and the new dorm to open up. The 2 bedroom units now only have 3-4 students in them.

bradykp
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bradykp
8 years 1 month ago

[quote comment=”101843″]When I moved here, I was having issues with the DMV in VA sending my title. HPU said I could get a resident sticker as long as I had a NJ drivers license with my Hoboken address. For about 2 months I had VA plates and a Hoboken sticker.[/quote]

when was that? that’s basically what they told me. your NJ driver’s license has to have your Hoboken address (which indirectly means you are legally required to change your plates to NJ – no one forces you to though). you also have to have the car registered in YOUR name. so not your parents’ name, not your girlfriend’s name, etc etc.

nacholibre
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nacholibre
8 years 1 month ago

When I moved here, I was having issues with the DMV in VA sending my title. HPU said I could get a resident sticker as long as I had a NJ drivers license with my Hoboken address. For about 2 months I had VA plates and a Hoboken sticker.

little boots
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little boots
8 years 1 month ago

Bradykp–all in good fun on my end too 🙂

Homeworld–go back and read the post from the steven’s kid where he mentions the bs liberal arts majors and says he takes a ‘REAL’ courseload. That’s what I was referring to in my earlier comment.

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