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Housing Standards FAQ

The following information is provided by the City of Keene. Housing Inspectors are in the field ensuring the health and safety of the citizens of Keene. Common questions that arise are:

How many people can live in a single dwelling?

There can be only 4 unrelated persons per dwelling (house, or apartment)

Where can I park my car on my property?

Parking is only allowed on approved (by the City) surfaces (paved, concrete, gravel, not dirt) not including walkways and/or sidewalks. All required parking has to be onsite and the owner is required to provide this parking.

What is a legal access to a parking space?

Parking areas are accessed by the curb-cut and driveway, not across sidewalks etc.

Why did I get a ticket for litter/trash?

  1. You can get a ticket for litter and for trash that is not placed in approved receptacles.
  2. You can get a ticket for overflowing receptacles including dumpsters.

Who is responsible for the maintenance of the building I live in?

It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the walks, steps and building both inside and out.

Can I store unregistered vehicles on my property?

No unregistered vehicles shall be parked on any property in excess of fourteen days.

Can I store inoperable vehicles on my property even if they are registered?

No inoperable vehicles shall be parked on any property in excess of fourteen days.

Is there a place online where the minimum requirements for Property and Housing Safety Standards can be viewed?

The minimum requirements can be found in the City of Keene Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 18: Property and Housing Safety Standards at at this link: City Ordinances.

How do I know that my rental is safe?

Check to be sure your rental passed the Voluntary Inspection Program.

I have more questions that are not addressed here, where can I get information?

Any questions or to file a complaint call 603-352-5440, or you can use our online complaint form.

Want to learn more about housing in Keene? Visit There’s No Place Like Home. This is a capstone report on Housing in Keene and millennials.

Contact Community Living

If you have questions about housing services (room assignments, housing contract, damage billing, etc.) and are unable to stop by the office, feel free to e-mail or call us.

Transitions & Community Living
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

☎ 603-358-2339

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