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Cortland Leaders Talking About New Rules For Boarding Houses

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The Cortland City Council is considering a temporary ban on boarding houses while the city looks at updating regulations for the multi-tenant residential homes.

Recently, a local landlord received an extension on his plans to convert a former rail depot on the south main street into a boarding house.

The project has prompted concerns among neighbors who are worried about the transient population that utilizes the short term housing.

The project has sat idle for a year, until last week when city planners gave the property owner an extension on the plan.

City Alderman Tom Michales wants a moratorium on the boarding houses while the city tightens up rules.

The city has a regulation on the books that limits apartment units to no more than three unrelated people. The law was meant to address density concerns in areas with a high number of rentals.

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