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.