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Earlier this week, I wrote about how couch-crashers, happily married couples, and adults living in their parents’ basements were harming America’s housing market.

What about the less PC example of groups of illegal immigrants packing into single family homes? 

My original post was about how Americans aren’t starting new “households,” meaning they’re not buying or occupying new homes. 

In Montgomery County, cracking down on overcrowding could affect that.  

Complaints against overcrowding, often citing homes with alleged illegal immigrants, have more than tripled from 2004 to 2008, according to the Washington Examiner.  

People complained about excessive parking on the streets and falling property values. According to the story, “adults in overcrowded houses can easily skirt county zoning rules that prohibit more than five unrelated people to live in a single home simply by saying that they are all related.”

To combat that problem, “staff members suggested the county mirror Virginia’s zoning rules, and require a minimum of 300 square feet per adult for the first 1,200 square feet of a house and 500 square feet thereafter.” 

The change is currently under consideration by county officials.

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