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SEATTLE — Single-family home reconfigured into boardinghouses are popping up in neighborhoods throughout Western Washington, and some neighbors aren’t very happy about it.

Now that they’ve made their way to the Eastside, Bellevue city leaders are holding a public meeting on November 4th, according to the Seattle Times.

The council is hopes to address boardinghouses that have sprung up in residential neighborhoods. A number of these dwellings reportedly rent out individual rooms, collecting rent from six or more people.

Last month, Bellevue passed an emergency ordinance limiting the number of unrelated adults living in a house to four people.

Group homes for the elderly or disabled are not affected by this ordinance, according to the paper.

The Bellevue City Council is looking to adopt a permanent ordinance based on homeowners complaints. Other cities such as Auburn, Edmonds and Lynnwood have established formal policies about boardinghouses.

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