If you are from the city of Fort Collins then we are sure you are familiar with the U+2 or otherwise known as the 3 unrelated law. The Fort Collins City Council proposed this law that states that no more than 3 unrelated people can live in a single res3-unrelatedidence. According to the Fort Collins City Council,  a Family is defined as being “an individual living alone or with any number of persons who are all related by blood, marriage, adoption, guardianship, or other duly authorized custodial relationship, and who live together as a single housekeeper unit and share the same common living, sleeping, cooking, and eating facilities”.

The penalties for breaking this law hardly seem fair. Upon a receipt of complaint, the staff begins investigation. The owner/property manager will be contacted with a disclosure form. A certain amount of time will be given to correct the over occupancy however if the occupancy is not fixed then there is the potential fine of $1000 per person.

Know and understand that even if you own the house, this law still applies to you. Even guests who spend 30 calender nights at the residence are considered to be occupants. Please be careful, unfortunately, many renters have lost their homes to this law.  The only way to avoid this problem is to make sure your complying with the law.

If you should have any questions regarding this law you can contact neighborhood services at 970-224-6046 and if you are a Colorado State University Student you can contact student legal services.