House Rules

  • Consumption or possession of beverage alcohol in any form is strictly prohibited.

  • Use or possession of illegal drugs in any form is strictly prohibited.

  • Lying, Cheating & Stealing are strictly prohibited. If caught, you will be fined and/or evicted.

  • Residents are required to submit to a Drug and Alcohol Screen/Test at any time (24/7) it is requested. A refusal and/or failure to provide an adequate sample will be treated the same as a positive test result. Any attempt to cheat/circumvent the test will result in a fine/eviction.

  • Daily attendance to “12-Step” meetings is strongly encouraged/recommended; the minimum weekly requirement for meeting attendance is (3) per week.

  • Residents are required to maintain a Home Group.

  • Residents are required to get and maintain a working relationship with a Sponsor.                             

  • Residents are required to maintain employment.

  • Behavior considered to be a “Conflict of Interest” (i.e., Sponsorship, Employment, Dating, etc.) between residents is strictly prohibited  

  • Smoking inside any DB House is strictly prohibited, failure to abide by this rule will result in the maximum fine/or eviction.

  • DB House LLC is NOT (at any time) responsible for a resident’s personal item’s/belonging(s)

  • Disruptive/Discourteous behavior will not be tolerated and can/will result in eviction.

  • Possession of weapons and threats of violence towards other house members is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

  • Overnight guests are strictly prohibited during blackout and resident restriction periods. While in good standing, residents may have an overnight guest no more than two (2) times per week. Any girlfriend/boyfriend or significant other who stays past midnight (12:00 am) Monday – Thursday or 1:00 am Friday & Saturday will be considered an overnight guest.

  • Personal guests are not permitted at the house beyond your curfew.

  • Guests cannot be under the influence or in possession of drugs and/or alcohol.

  • New Resident blackout curfew is 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 12:00 am Friday & Saturday.  Once off New Resident status (Phase 1), all others’ must be in by 12:00 am Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 am Friday & Saturday. When granted Senior Status (Phases 2 & 3) by DB House LLC resident curfews are lifted and privileges are permitted. However, residents must adhere to stricter curfews when required (i.e., Parole, Probation, etc.) regardless of which DB House Phase a resident may have been granted. Failure to return to the house on time can/will result in eviction.

  • House quiet time is 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. Any activity (i.e., lights, loud TV, telephone conversations, music, etc.) that disturb another resident’s ability to sleep/rest is prohibited. Be respectful and mindful to other house members.

  • Evicted Residents have 20 minutes to pack their belongings and are required to leave the premises immediately and not return under any circumstances.

  • House Business Meetings are held weekly at a date/time determined by DB House LLC and are mandatory for every member. An unexcused absence from any House Meeting can/will result in a fine/restriction and possible termination.  Work, 12-step meetings, and/or personal obligations are prohibited from conflicting with the weekly house meeting.

  • Residents are not permitted in any bedroom other than their own without permission from the resident(s) residing in that room; they must also be accompanied by the permitting resident. 

  • Thermostat is to be adjusted by the House Manager or most senior house member only.

  • Washer & Dryer -- Be courteous. Clean dryer lint screen before and after every use and do not leave clothes unattended in the washer/dryer.

  • Chores are required to be completed weekly. The Chore Coordinator is responsible for chore assignment and completion. Failure to complete assigned chore can/will result in a fine.

  • A good General Clean-up of all areas inside & outside the home is required at all times.

  • Beds are required to be made upon awakening. Respective areas are to be kept neat, clean and picked up at all times. NO SLOBS; YOU CAN/WILL BE FINED!

  • Turn off lights, TV’s, Radio’s, Fans, etc., when not in use. Exterior doors are required to be closed and locked when entering/exiting; no exceptions!

  • DOORS; Residents are prohibited from locking bedroom doors. THIS IS A MUST. Any member who attempts to lock their bedroom door can/will be fined/evicted. Any resident who gives the front or back door keypad access code to any non-house member will IMMEDIATELY be evicted.

  • Sleeping in common areas is prohibited.

  • Kitchen—Appliances, Counter-tops, Utensils, Dishes, Pots, Pans, etc. will be cleaned and returned to their respective place (immediately) after each use.

  • Refrigerator—Mark food/leftovers with Name/Date when initially placed in the refrigerator(s).

  • All prescribed Medication(s)/controlled substances found to be abused by a house member will result in eviction! 

  • A violation of any one of the aforementioned Rules & Guidelines can/will result in a fine or eviction. Fines range from as little as $25.00, up to a full $125.00.  Once a fine has been given, the fine amount is automatically added to the resident’s weekly rent balance.  

Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

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