Owner and contractor Jay Lakireddy, left, is converting a three-bedroom, two-bath home near the UC Berkeley campus into an 11-bedroom home with 4 1/2 baths. He expects to charge about $800 per month in rent for each room. "Berkeley needs more housing. If you don't provide housing, rents will go up even higher," he said. Michael Macor/Chronicle photo
A shoe rack at the front entrance to a home near the UC Berkeley campus where 14 people live in 11 bedrooms. Michael Macor/Chronicle photo
Igor Akimenko's bedroom, shared with three other UC Berkeley students, used to be a living room. Michael Macor/Chronicle photo

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