Bedrooms Are For People
A Citizen-Led Ballot Initiative in Boulder, CO
In most of Boulder, it is currently illegal for more than three unrelated people to live together (in some specific areas, the limit is four). This means in most of the city, it is illegal for four unrelated people to live together in a four-bedroom house. It doesn't matter how big the house is or what age the residents are.
The current occupancy laws are oppressive and unjust, and simply do not reflect our community’s environmental, economic, and social values.
But we have the power to do something about this. With your help, we intend to pass a ballot measure to improve equality and affordability, reduce our environmental impact, and revise an arbitrary and antiquated law.
Instead of only allowing three unrelated people to live together, we believe in a simple, common-sense change: allow at least one person to live in each bedroom of a home. After all, bedrooms are for people.
Our Approved Ballot Language States:
Shall the City of Boulder Charter be amended to allow all housing units to be occupied by a number of people equal to the number of bedrooms plus one, and allow housing units with fewer than four bedrooms to have four people, and in all cases shall relevant International Building and Residential code limits apply
To put it simply, our initiative would make it so that if you lived in a three-bedroom house, four people would be allowed to live there together. If you lived in a four-bedroom house, five people would be allowed to live together. Etcetera.
Boulder’s occupancy laws create a financial burden on the best of days, particularly for the most vulnerable members of our community. In this time of crisis, it is especially important that individuals feel safe and secure in their housing situation. With some modest changes to our archaic occupancy laws, we could help ensure increased housing stability for everyone, including those who need it most.
Thank you so much for your contributions. Your generosity will fuel this campaign and will make our community a more equitable, affordable place to call home.