Shawnee Stays Winning Against Roommates

Call this a victory for the old school economy and the suburbs and single-family homes might soon become a thing of the past . . . Because nobody can afford them. 


 U.S. District Court Judge Holly Teeter has sided with the city, granting its motion to dismiss the case.

Shawnee spokesman Doug Donahoo said the city is “pleased” with the ruling.

The judge ruled that as a corporation, HomeRoom does not have standing to assert constitutional claims on behalf of its tenants. She also found that the ordinance does not violate due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Much of her decision was based on a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Village of Belle Terre v. Boraas, which held that a zoning ordinance restricting the number of unrelated people from living together does not violate the Constitution.

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Johnson County city can restrict roommates: Judge dismisses suit over controversial law

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