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Hi all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I keep seeing threads about people living in one bedroom apartments with one or more children and I want to know how you got the apartment.<br><br>
Just to clarify, I don't want to know how you do it as in "I could never..." because I totally could no problem. In fact, we have a family of three (me, dh, and dd for now) and I think we could easily live in a large studio comfortably.<br><br>
The issue is, when our lease ran out in Feb, we considered moving but every time I looked at a one bedroom and they asked who would be living there -- I got a reaction of *shock* *jaw drop* "noooo, only two can live in a one bedroom!!" and it was annoying to say the least. The law here isn't very clear (FL) unless I am missing something specific, so I didn't have a counter argument like "statute whatever says this"....<br><br>
So I guess my question is, if you encountered those reactions, what did you say? .... or how would I handle it?<br><br>
We really want to go smaller -- we are currently in a two bedroom and that second bedroom has never even been used!<br><br>
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Fortunately we didn't have any issue because we had all three kids while living in the same apartment. I would do a search on your county/city statutes. Some people just don't get how we could "live on top of each other". We now own a 3 bed room house but it's less than 1000 sq feet - works for us!
 

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Our landlords didn't have a problem with it. They're pretty laid-back. We explained that we were downsizing from a three-bedroom apartment because it was too big and the boys always ended up in our bedroom anyway, so what was the point of a three-bedroom? The only thing they said about it was, "if anyone asks, just say there's a second bedroom in the back!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But no one would ever ask or care.
 

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We tried to get a two bedroom townhouse with a den that was a lot bigger square footage wise than where we are now or are moving to, but were told they couldn't legally rent us the apartment because of the number of children/adults to bedrooms. We live in Kentucky.
 

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dd was born after we were living in a 1br apartment. The lease did say only 2persons per bedroom, but nothing was ever said to us and we lived there for 4more years after dd was born. I think it's very common, especially in apartment complexes to limit it to 2 people per bedroom.<br><br>
The office staff was great and one lady openly talked to me of co-sleeping with her school age dc. (they were a family of 4 in a 2br) so I never had to hide the issue.
 

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Like a pp, I had babies while already living in the apartment. Shoot, I actually gave birth to one of the babies in one of the apartments <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. They had similar restrictions on ppl to bedroom ratios, but didn't kick us out for having a baby.<br><br>
I thought I was going to open this thread and explain how I have our kids' bedroom arranged (since there are currently three kids in one bedroom - even though we now HAVE the space, they don't use it).
 

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i'd love to know how you have your room arranged, superstella :giggle we have a small, 850 sq ft 3 bedroom house for myself, dh and dd (14 mo) and a second dc on the way. dd still co-sleeps quite a bit although she does have her own room with a crib. i am thinking when the new lo comes he/she will co sleep for at least 6 months exclusiverly, and hopefully until they can share the double bed that the crib converts to. we like to have our 3rd bedreem as a guest room and office and also have the option of a second guest room in dd's room since she has a double bed, since we have family come to visit about once a month.<br><br>
we plan to stay in this house till i finish school, so we may have a third lo by then and i have wondered how it would work with 3 to a room...although it is still quite some time away for us.<br><br>
ETA:anyone know how to find out about any such laws in our area? are they state or local? does it apply when buying a house or is it only for rental arrangements? i have never considered such a thing, but when we do move, we will most likely be renting something very small, in an urban area (yipee!!) and it never occured to me that they wouldnt' rent to us bc we have 2 children. (a studior or 1 bedroom)
 

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Teehee! Okay, well, my 12yo, 7yo, and 4yo share a room currently. We have bunk beds that the 12yo sleeps on the top and 7yo on the bottom, and the 4yo is in a toddler bed on the opposite wall. However, we're seriously considering buying another set of bunk beds before too much longer and letting the youngest move in when he's ready. Or maybe we'll let(make?) the 12yo move out and just do some shifting.<br><br>
As for the laws, I'm pretty sure they only apply to rentals. I'd imagine a quick search of rental laws + the area you're considering would turn up occupancy limits if they exist.
 

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We have 4 in a 600 sq. ft. 1 bedroom. We own the condo. Although technically we are breaking the HOA rules about occupancy which is 2 people per bedroom. I am not worried at all because I can think of 4 families off the top of my head that are 'over limit' and we have not been here a month yet.<br><br>
However, we are also landlords to a studio and to a 4 br house. I would rent it to a couple and if they had a kid I certainly wouldn't kick them out. But honestly, I would probably not rent it to a couple with a child (or two) already, and I probably wouldn't rent it to a single parent either unless it was a brand new baby. And the reason is not because I am against co-sleeping or something. It is because I don't want a revolving door of people in and out of our rentals. It costs money and time of mine every time the occupancy changes in the rental. To try and reduce it, I wouldn't rent to someone who I knew was going to be 'very' crowded simply because I think they would want to move at the first opportunity they had to get 'un-crowded'.
 

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I want to state now that I am not in this situation, yet. But I want 6 kids, so I eagerly read threads like this.<br><br>
However, family friends of ours had 6 kids in a 3 bedroom. The only boy has his own room, mom and dad had theirs and the two youngest girls had the smallest bedroom. The parents converted a room in the basement to a bedroom for the 3 oldest girls.<br><br>
They had beds for the girls sharing rooms that kind of looked like this (only the dad had made them instead of buying them):<br><a href="http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/20928_PE105991_S3.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/20928_PE105991_S3.jpg</a><br><br>
The space underneath the bed was for the kids' works areas (they homeschooled) or for their own personal space. The dressers and such were tall dressers that lived on the closet wall.<br>
It worked well for them, and allowed each of the kids to have a defined space. The son had bunk beds for when his friends slept over.
 
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