Do Boarding Houses Still Exist?


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Boarding houses still exist in locations around the world but are not as common as they were in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Housing ordinances and codes have made it difficult for homeowners to legally take on boarders in some areas.

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Do Boarding Houses Still Exist?
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Bed-and-breakfast accommodations are the most common type of boarding house in the English-speaking world today. Guests stay at these private residences and receive limited board from the owner, including meals and laundry services. The main difference between modern bed-and-breakfasts and the boarding houses of the past are that most boarders do not plan lengthy stays in bed-and-breakfast accommodations.

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