Roommates on alert: you could be violating the law - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Roommates on alert: you could be violating the law

Posted: Updated:
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark listened to testimony Tuesday that described a 1950's era ordinance as archaic. Steven Myers is the defendant in the case which seeks to have him evict four former and current LSU students from a house they are renting from him on Cherry Dale Ave. The lawsuit is being pushed by Paul Naquin who lives in the neighborhood.

According to the City-Parish Unified Development Code, residential neighborhoods zoned A-1 can only have "single family" occupants in them. In the code "family" is described as "an individual or two or more persons who are related by blood, marriage, or legal adoption living together." The suit seeks to have Myers slapped with an injunction prohibiting him from renting.

"Mr. Naquin wants birth certificates," says Myers. "Every landlord to get a birth certificate and hospital records to show how people are related. It's pretty onerous."

"I'm not the only one that's concerned," says Naquin. "I feel very passionate. I know tons of residents in A-1 single family houses that are just very concerned about what's happening. People are coming in buying a house and filling it with 5, 6, 7 people and it's totally out of the contest of single family neighborhoods."

Myers was mad at the law suit and is counter-suing the City-Parish seeking to have the ordinance declared unconstitutional. Plus it's not just about college students. Dana Berkowitz an LSU sociologist testified on Myers behalf talking about the changing definitions of family-noting examples like couples now choosing to live together without being married, same sex couples with foster kids, or even senior citizens sharing a home as a means of saving money.

Testimony wrapped up Tuesday afternoon. Judge Clark gave everyone a week to file post trial briefs.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man found dead in 18 wheeler identified

    Man found dead in 18 wheeler identified

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:34:48 GMT
    The body of an unidentified man was found inside an 18 wheeler, Tuesday night. It happened at the weigh station on Interstate 20 westbound in Warren County. The State Highway Patrol and Warren CountyMore >>
    MDOT enforcement officers went to check out a suspicious vehicle that had not moved all day.
    More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
  • Biloxi approves ballpark construction bid

    Biloxi approves ballpark construction bid

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:53:07 GMT
    The Biloxi City Council met Tuesday to discuss the next step in seeing the first pitch thrown at MGM Ballpark. The Council pushed forward to approve a construction bid.More >>
    Construction of the new MGM Ballpark in Biloxi could get underway as soon as mid August. The city council met Tuesday to discuss the next step in seeing the first pitch thrown at MGM Ballpark. The council pushed forward to approve a construction bid.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.