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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Overcrowding situation evicts J-1 students

Roughly 20 Irish students in Ocean City on J-1 visas found themselves looking for shelter two weeks ago after they were evicted from downtown Ocean City apartments for exceeding city government’s maximum occupancy rule.

“We were joking the other day that if there was a fire, we’d die because there was furniture and suitcases everywhere,” said Aoife Kennelly, a 21-year-old student. “We used to bring people in and have a laugh, ‘look at how small our apartment is.’ We thought apartments here were supposed to be that small.”

Kennelly and her friends, Cliona O’Callaghan and Leah O’Keefe, were among the dozens of Irish students living in an apartment complex on St. Louis Avenue. The trio said they found the apartment through online advertisements, where it was advertised as being able to accommodate seven to nine people.

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6 comments:

Barry b said...

In the Navy on a ship they put 6 people in a 60 sq.ft. area.

Anonymous said...

The landlord knew better. The law says that he has to find housing for displaced tenants that is at least comparable to the original in amenities and price. It looks like he's still needing to finish the job.

Anonymous said...

"The trio said they found the apartment through online advertisements, where it was advertised as being able to accommodate seven to nine people."

That would be seven small people, or nine leprechauns.

Anonymous said...

Three on the lease, and twenty living there. Sounds like some of the section 8 housing I see around here.

Anonymous said...

City Fail - response please?

This happens EVERY year, response please?

Why does this type of summer jobs program HELP the town, response please?

Suggest you reply now before it will be recorded at a future City Hall meeting!

lmclain said...

Of course, although the landlord had to know the law (occupancy AND fire code), and if not, had to be able to do some basic math, as in, "why are 15 people paying me rent when I only advertised for half that number?? Oh my. Maybe I should at least give them a discount, huh?" I hope my insurance company doesn't know about this.....
F no. That is probably a quote.
And he should be prosecuted.

Right. My bad.
Two Sets of Laws.
(hint: YOU are not benefiting from it....)
Keep cheering anyway. Wonderful job. Great work.