Students are not necessarily the problem. “Entrepreneurs” can lease a home and charge their “friends” for staying with them while in town. We have motels for these “friends,” and the motels pay the city a tax.
Gangs of unrelated individuals can lease a home and create a haven for transients, gambling operations, dealing in guns and drugs, and even human trafficking.
This letter is to point out that the “three-person unrelated” ordinance provided the basis for correcting a situation that, left uncorrected, would have resulted in deterioration of our neighborhood.
It provides a basis for publicly available, visible evidence to present to the ordinance enforcement officer for further investigation. Otherwise, collecting evidence for intervention would be extremely more difficult.
The “three unrelated person” ordinance serves many purposes. Maybe it should be reduced to “two unrelated persons” and serve more purposes. Definitely it should not be abolished and open the doors to Norman becoming a haven for a variety of “entrepreneurs.”
Richard C. Hall lives in Norman.
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