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Appeals Court: Apartment Limit On Adults Not Illegal

AUBURN HILLS (AP) – The Michigan appeals court says an Oakland County apartment complex isn’t violating state law by limiting the number of adults in each unit.

Countryside Townhouses in Auburn Hills allows only two adults per apartment unless a child turns 18. The owners say it promotes tranquility, reduces parking congestion and minimizes damage.

The state Civil Rights Commission stepped in when a woman said she couldn’t get an apartment with two adult children. The commission said the policy was discriminatory based on age.

But an Oakland County judge — and now the appeals court — disagreed.

The court says the restriction applies to all adults, regardless of age. The court notes that Barbara Smith and her daughters still could have rented two apartments. The 3-0 opinion was released Wednesday.

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