In the midst of Rental Dwelling Registration, neighborhood leaders from the Lineberry Alliance proclaimed an outlaw on all student rentals within their jurisdiction starting on April 31, 2009. A spokesperson for the organization stated, “Our area is overcome by absentee landlords and student rental units that deteriorate the value and quality of life in the neighborhood. By outlawing this type of renter, we can take back control of our single-family neighborhoods and establish a sense of ownership again.”
A Trailwood Hills neighbor rejoiced, “I can not wait to get peace and quiet back to my Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights with no student parties going on.” On the other end of the neighborhood, a Trailwood Springs home owner claimed, “We can finally get our parking back!”
One student renter was outraged and stated, “I live here because I’m close to campus and I can party until 3:00 AM without the neighbors calling the cops. All my friends can come over, blast the music from their cars, slam their car doors, come and go at all hours of the night, and we love it. Moving is going to suck!”
It will be interesting to see if the City of Raleigh will allow the ban on student renters in the Lineberry area, as one City Councilor said that, “NC State University should provide adequate housing needs for all students and provide neighborhood education for each student living off-campus, many having rental responsibilities for the first time. The Lineberry Alliance seems to be doing what’s best for their neighborhood integrity.”
This of course, is an April Fool’s posting, but ironically, there is probably a lot of truth intertwined.