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Age Limit for Sharing a Room

I was wondering if anyone knew what the law was about brothers and sisters sharing a room. I'm wanting to get an apartment, but can't afford a 3 bedroom. I can afford a 2 bedroom though. My twins are 2, they'll be 3 in July and have ALWAYS shared a room. Does anyone know?

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Thanks everyone for all the info. I've found out that it is ok for them to share a room. So now I am getting my own apartment in April...can't wait. A cute 2 bedroom. Thanks again for all the help!

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As crazy as it sounds I HAVE heard of this law . The State of Fla does not want a brother and sister to share a room after a certain age. If you contact DCF they will tell you. If you cannot afford it they will tell you if the mom is single and no father around for the daughter to share a room with the mom while the son has his own room. This is real crazy but it is a law out here in florida that is like that. I once was going to rent a apt in Orlando and was pregnant at the time and they asked me what was I havign and I told them a girl and they told me either she sleeps with me in my room or I will have to get a 3bd because she cannot sleep in the same room as her brother and at that time he was 6yrs old.

I am glad you can save money.

As far as I know there is no law like that in Florida or anywhere. Both my niece and nephew have been sharing a room since they were babies and they are full fledged teenagers now. YOu might have to set certain rules as they get older, but it should not be a problem.

Good luck.

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As far as I know there is no law like that in Florida or anywhere. Both my niece and nephew have been sharing a room since they were babies and they are full fledged teenagers now. YOu might have to set certain rules as they get older, but it should not be a problem.

Good luck.

I have never heard of a law about age limit for kids sharing a room. Where did you hear this? Is it a law here in FL? I don't see how the goverment can tell you how long your kids can share a room, it's up to you. Especially if you can only afford a 2 bedroom. You might want to research the internet.

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In many contracts the max # of tenants is 2 per bedroom + 1. So in a 2br apt, the max # of people is 5. I recommend you check the lease wherever it is you decide to go.

Good luck!

-Charlene

If that is a real law, that is the dumbest law I've ever heard of. Maybe people should spend more time making laws for theives and child molestors than how many years a brother and sister can share a room. Sheesh.

I'm glad you found a nice apartment!

I have heard about the law but I don't know what the age is. I'm curious myself because when we came to rent our apartment they didn't have any 3 bedrooms available and we HAD to take a 2 bedroom because we had sold our house and were closing in 3 weeks. Did you find out the specifications on the law??

as far as i know their is no law...my kids would share a room now if id let them, lol...they are 5 and 6...i think until they actually need thier privacy (12 or 13) they can share a room...im sure it will depend on thier own individual personalities and your finances...

the law in question is for foster care - if you are fostering then children under the age of 5 can share a room. After that they have to have thier own room or share with the parents.

Some landlords will say it is the law, but that is for thier protection & not true if the children are yours.

Good luck with your new home!!

S.,

For now, you are fine. I have heard school age is the limit. So about 5 years old. I think it is ridiculous that the law is able to determine that for us, however, they do. Once they are school age, if you arent able to get a 3 bedroom, you could always move your daughters stuff into your room, and take the couch. A friend of mine did this. She had no other options. Good luck S.!

At the age of two you are still pretty safe iterms of age. They can remain at least until five years old/

I never heard of such a law either. My two older ones shared a room until they were like 10 and 12 I think, and they shared it with a third sibling.So, two boys, one girl, one room. My kids still share rooms, but now it is same sex as we have the bigger space and there are more of them. I only let my eldest have her own room...a small thank you for the extra stress of being the oldest. Maybe the laws are different for rental or ownership? Our bedrooms were for sleeping, and they did not share a bed. What's the big deal? Kids used to all share one common nursery room until they reached the teen years. And how many families cannot afford the large homes and have children all sharing. There should be no such law if there is one. This must be an issue for landlords to make more money, I agree with that idea.

I didn't know there was a law that states if siblings can share rooms or not? lol that just sounds ridiculous... there is a law that states how many can be to a living quarters and i know for a 3 bedroom apt, it's 7 people (i think), so if it's just hte three of you, you have no problems in a 2 bedroom cause that i believe is either 4 or 5 people to a 2br apt.

My good friend, now 35 was one of 5 siblings. They had to share two rooms. two girls in one room and a boy and two girls in the other. I guess the older ones had seniority. they stayed home and lived like this well into their twenties as they slowly went away to college,the boy went away to college some of the girls stayed home for college. There was nothing strange or abnormal about them. They are all successfull adults and all very different. If you have the room why not spread them out, but there is nothing wrong with sharing. It's a non issue, maybe they will learn to be closer.

Hi S.,
I have been in that situation before. The age I was told for boy\girl was 5 years old. After there 5th birthday they are not allowed to share a room. I was in a 2 bedroom apt and my son had one room my daughter had one, and I bought a couch I didn't mind sleeping on. Before that we were in a 1 bedroom apt and there father always loved to threaten to call Social Services because I was in violation of that law. Very quickly I found the 2 bedroom, because I found the law is very clear about that.
Hope that helps.
P.

About 8 years ago my husband and i ( and our 6 month old son) rented an apartment in the plantation area. we were told that we HAD to get a 2 bedroom because plantation law only allows 2 people in a room Even though my son was a newborn ( and barely sleeping through the night ) we had to get the 2 bedroom instead of the 1 bedroom that we wanted and pay $200 more a month. In that city if you had a boy and a girl you would HAVE to rent a three bedroom. The didnt allows a boy and girl in the same room, no matter how old they were. Alot of people just lie to the landlords, but eventually someone will see how many children you have. Every city ahve different rules so it is hard to say. Go online and do some research, your kids might not even want their own rooms.

They can share a room until they are 5 years old.

If there is such a law it's ludacris. I agree with one of the other ladies that responded to you, it definitly sounds like a scam to make more money, which doesn't surprise me in the state of Florida. Personally I think it's still okay to have your 2 year old twins share a room. They are still babies. If it were me in this situation, to avoid any hassles I would perhaps share a room with my daughter and let my son have his own room. I don't believe anyone should force you to rent a 3 bedroom unless of course they're going to flip the bill. How dare they! I wish you and your children the very best and I will pray that you find a nice apartment that you can afford with NO HASSLES.

As crazy as it sounds I HAVE heard of this law . The State of Fla does not want a brother and sister to share a room after a certain age. If you contact DCF they will tell you. If you cannot afford it they will tell you if the mom is single and no father around for the daughter to share a room with the mom while the son has his own room. This is real crazy but it is a law out here in florida that is like that. I once was going to rent a apt in Orlando and was pregnant at the time and they asked me what was I havign and I told them a girl and they told me either she sleeps with me in my room or I will have to get a 3bd because she cannot sleep in the same room as her brother and at that time he was 6yrs old.

I am glad you can save money.

I know in my apartments as long as there are no more than 2 people (any age) in one room you are fine. Two bedrooms should be enough.
I dont know if your in FT Myers but I live in a safe inexpensive complex with my husband and 22 month old. Email me if youd like the name of the complex!! ____@____.com
Good Luck!!

First of all they are twins. Why couldnt they share a room. There is no law against it. If there was whom ever made the law would be a extremely well off person. Whom needs to be shot. They are obviously the same age and still young. When they get older they may not want to be in the same room. One idea is to decorate his side of the room boy stuff and hers girlie.

Call the local police department.

Hi ya,

When I was a single mom I only had a 2 bedroom apt, My boys had one room and my daughter and I shared a room, or I slept in the living room. I am pretty sure here, they don't want boys and girls sharing the same room. Keep searching for a 3 bedroom you will find something reasonable, eventually I did. Good Luck! :-)

In kissimmee I know it was ok to have kids share a room indefinitly if they were the same sex... but not sure what the case is about boys and girls... as long as they had there own bed. my friend had her twins in the same room till there 13th birthday. kind of a Grown up age marker. my boys share a room and there 3 and 5... even though they have a bed for both of them ... they always have slept in the same bed... or mine!! lol... i know this wasnt much help... but being around the law theres not much =of a problem with it unless theres not enough room in the room for both children... like sardines!

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