In-law apartments are extra dwellings converted from, or added to, existing homes. They can often become a quagmire for illegal renting situations after their original purpose has lapsed.
Committee members noted that, more and more, grown children, complete with significant others or families, are moving back in with their parents, or parents are moving in with their children to save money.
The town does not have clear definitions for how to deal with that type of situation, except for turning a single-family home into a two-family home. Little prevents the owners from later renting the extra space.
“There’s no standard — that’s the issue,” Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said of how the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board address the requests. “It’s case by case by case.”
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