Lincoln roommate ordinance

Published: Jan. 3, 2018 at 6:00 PM CST
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An ordinance in Lincoln brought about an unexpected call to a woman looking for a roommate for her new home.

Cassandra Sattler says police called her after she posted an ad on Facebook. They told her she was breaking the law.

Sattler bought her home last week.

She tells me when she got the call she was shocked and had no idea the ordinance even existed.

The owner of the five-room home says she's left with more questions than answers.

"There's a lot of people in Lincoln that do have roommates," said Sattler.

The City of Lincoln ordinance states limitations like "no person other than a member of the immediate family occupying a dwelling is self-employed except domestic help." Meaning, roommates have to be in a domestic partnership or family.

Lincoln Mayor Gerald Wise denied to be interviewed but says the ordinance is to eliminate commercial use of homes.

"I can see the word rent versus roommates so I'm looking for roommates. I'm not looking to be a landlord. This is my home, I just want someone to share the space with," said Sattler.

She hopes this ordinance changes.

We also reached out to the city attorney and the Lincoln Police Department and they did not want to be interviewed.

City council member Karen Daly also declined to comment but says they are going to review the ordinance.