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How many people can share a bedroom in a rental?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Real Estate Litigation

If someone rents a home or apartment, they may wonder how many people are allowed to live there. Specifically, they are considering how many bedrooms they have and how many individuals are allowed to share each bedroom.

In California, the general rule is that there can be two people in each bedroom. The formula that is sometimes used is called the 2-plus-1 one formula. This means that two people can be in each bedroom, but you can have one additional person for the entire home.

It is worth noting, however, that there can be exceptions to the rule. Generally, the authorities are focusing on health and safety. If having more people in the unit doesn’t create health and safety problems, it can be allowed. But, overall, two people are allowed in each bedroom.

How this can create problems

This can cause problems for both tenants and landlords. For instance, a landlord could find themselves facing ramifications if they are intentionally renting to people who cannot fit the space. They may be tempted to do so if they’ve been having trouble filling that rental.

Additionally, tenants themselves could face legal issues if they are putting more people into the space than are permitted. With rising rent costs, people sometimes will be tempted to add extra tenants – perhaps without even telling their landlord that they are doing so. But if this creates health and safety concerns, it may be illegal.

All of this can lead to a lot of legal questions and even disputes between the two parties. Those involved need to know about the options at their disposal.