Loud, partying renters around San Diego State University will soon face police tickets with fines up to $1,000 – and so will their landlords. The move, endorsed by a San Diego City Council committee, is among a group of measures in response to complaints from homeowners about so-called mini-dorms--area residences rented predominantly by students. The city and university also announced that an San Diego State subsidiary will pay for a compliance officer to help catch landlords who don't keep nearby properties up to city codes.
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EARLIER: A growing trend in San Diego--buying single-family homes, adding bedrooms and renting them to students around San Diego State University--has ignited anger among longtime residents who say the resulting late-night parties and loud music aren't compatible with neighboring families. The city is looking at tightening controls on these "mini-dorms" by restricting a property owner's ability to renovate. Supporters of the mini-dorms say they are needed to handle the strong demand for housing. The university serves 33,000 students on its main campus, but provides housing to accommodate 3,800. An additional 600 live in fraternity and sorority houses.