The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
African American female student studying from home during lockdown
Pediatric NP Online Programs: Alleviating Gaps in Colorado's Healthcare System
April 10, 2024

In Colorado's intricate healthcare sector, the provision of specialized care to its pediatric population remains a challenge. Pediatric Nurse...

Want U+2 repealed and no Old Town parking fees? Vote Troxell

Dan Rice
Dan Rice

As has been reported about several times in the Collegian — and in my experience is almost universally agreed upon by students — the U+2 law in Fort Collins is a trivial, irrational regulation on housing within the city. It declares that only three unrelated people can live within the same dwelling under one lease at a given time. This does not take into account the size of the dwelling, the number of bedrooms or the dwelling’s location in the city, and therefore comes across as an attempt to force higher housing costs on people with lower incomes, and most specifically, college students.

I personally feel as though this regulation causes more problems than it solves. Sure, it may force students and lower-income individuals to only live three to a house and thus create more income for the housing market. But those same students do not want to live three to a house in the first place because it is difficult to afford $400-$500 a month of rent when you are working for $8-$9 an hour, probably part-time. So what happens when housing prices keep rising and people just cannot afford rent, so they either bring in more roommates or do not pay on time? Do apartment complexes get to deal with evicting a bunch of students because of a stupid rule, for which they get no money and extra hassle?


The argument no longer falls between helping the housing market and helping college students because U+2 does neither. It is also a weak argument to say it will prevent partying, because, rumor has it, people have these things called cars they can use to drive to each other’s houses regardless of who actually lives there. I certainly think there should be some sort of limit on how many people can live in a house because it can become a safety hazard, but the number should correlate to the size of the location.

I am sure that my fellow Colorado State University students share many of these sentiments. The problem is that there is normally very little we can do about it…other than right now.

April 7 is the local election day that will decide on who will be Fort Collins’ next mayor, and two of the three candidates are in support of abolishing U+2: Mike Pruznick and Wade Troxell. Unlike ASCSU candidates and complaining on Facebook, voting for one of the two could actually result in a change in the law. Troxell is the one I am leaning toward personally because he is also the only candidate of the three that is adamantly against charging for on-street parking in Old Town, but both seem like good choices for mayor based on their views, as posted by the Coloradoan.

If you want to see a change to U+2 and you are eligible to vote in Fort Collins, be sure to come out to the voting booths April 7.

Collegian Columnist Dan Rice can be reached at or on Twitter @danriceman.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *