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Legal Challenge to Salisbury 4-2 Law Ends

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A challenge to the famed 4-to-2 law that limits the number of unrelated people who can live in one house in Salisbury has finally been resolved.

A landlord had challenged the measure.

But a U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the case ruling that the challenge was moot given that the lease on the house had already been terminated.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was pleased to see the law was left in place.

Adams Housing LLC had sought $750-thousand in damages after a College Avenue house was ruled in violation of the 4-to-2.

The company’s attorney Luke Rommel had claimed that under former Mayor Jim Ireton the law was enforced arbitrarily.

But Rommel told the Daily Times that since Mayor Jake Day had taken over the company had found someone they could work with.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.