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Off-Campus Housing

Downtown Keene

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 Municode.com at this link: City Ordinances.

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.


Contact Residential Life

The Office of Residential Life & Housing Services is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 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.

Residential Life Office
603-358-2339
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435

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Did you know?
All off-campus listings have passed the City of Keene’s voluntary inspection program. This is a 21-point inspection designed to assure lessees that the landlord has met Code Enforcement’s safety standards for the rental unit.