AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – More than a dozen students living in an Auburn neighborhood say they are facing eviction after the City of Auburn enforces an ordinance that says no more than two unrelated people can live under the same roof.
Some students say they have lived in these homes for years, and the city is just now enforcing "months before graduation."
Brooke Buckles and Hayley Bylsma are two of five Auburn University seniors that live in a house on Dumas Drive. On September 14, they were served with a search warrant for violating this long-standing city ordinance.
"You get a knock on your door and it's scary to think in a week I could potentially have nowhere to live and I'm just trying to graduate," says Buckles.
Buckles and Bylsma say their concern is that even if this ordinance has been there for years now, why did it take this long for it to be implemented.
"There just now putting into effect and they say its complaint based it's not very consistent," says Bylsma.
We went to city planners to find out why it took so long for this compliance to be ordered.
"Evidently there was no one around there that filed a complaint," says Tom Weintraut who is with Auburn City Planning.
Weintraut says the ordinance is complaint-driven based on cars parked in the driveway and the city investigating the relation of the people who live in the home, "when people see several vehicles on the property they'll give us a call."
The students have started a petition with more than 9,000 supporters hoping for change.
"Just because it's a law doesn't mean it can't change, we are just trying to do the right thing and help the rest of the community," says Bylsma.
A group of students are expected to gather at Auburn City Council Tuesday night to plea their case.