Neighbors Calling Foul on Landlords in Skinker-Debaliviere Community

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Washington University students are overrunning streets, clogging up parking and not taking care of their front lawns in the Skinker-Debaliviere area… at least that’s what some neighbors are saying.

A public meeting at 6:30 tonight at the Union Memorial Church aims to figure out how to stop landlords from renting homes to 8 or 9 college students at once.

Organizer Harriet Hubbard says she doesn’t have a problem with the students, it’s the landlords who are being irresponsible.

“We have a lot of property owners who live in other communities in the St. Louis-area who are just renting these houses because they figure they can capitalize off the Wash U students,” she says.

Hubbard says her claims have backing from the law. There’s a city occupancy code that states no more than three unrelated people can live in a house at once.

“We don’t begrudge the students for trying to find affordable housing, we just want the landlords to abide by the city code,” Hubbard says.

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