Borough of Glassboro v. Vallorosi
568 A.2d 888 (NJ 1990)

Facts:

  • The Borough commenced this action in September 1986, seeking an injunction against the use and occupancy of a house by 10 college students.
  • The complaint alleged that the occupants did not constitute a “family” as defined in the Borough’s ordinance. The ordinance defined a “family” as
    • “One or more persons occupying a dwelling unit as a single non-profit housekeeping unit, who are living together as a stable and permanent living unit, being a traditional family unit or the functional equivalency thereof.”
  • Apparently the kids had a pretty big party, and the injunction came shortly after.

History:

  • The Chancery Division concluded that the relationship among the students “shows stability, permanency and can be described as the functional equivalent of a family.”
  • The Appellate Division affirmed.

Issue:
Whether there is sufficient credible evidence in this record to sustain the trial court’s factual finding that the occupancy of defendants’ dwelling by these ten college students constituted a single housekeeping unit as defined by the Glassboro ordinance.

Holding:
Yes. Affirmed.

Reasoning:
The students often ate meals together in small groups, cooked for each other, and generally shared the household chores, grocery shopping, and yard work. A common checking account paid for food and other bills. They also shared the use of a telephone.