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Old 11-04-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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I am in the process of buying a house in Bethpage, Long Island. THe house was listed as having 2 bathrooms, one on main floor and one in the basement.
I'm not sure if the one in the basement is legal or not yet. Does anyone know if it IS possible to have a legal bathroom in your basement? I know they are very strict when it comes to basements. Also, if the owner did not get a permit what will happen whent he bank appraiser inspecfs the home?
Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:17 AM
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Bathrooms in basements can be legal but they do require the usual red tape process of a permit, inspection, certificate of occupancy, etc. The bank inspector may or may not catch it. If it is caught, a real hassle will ensue if it doesn't have a permit.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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Sure they can be legal. The home I grew up in was built with one in the basement.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Trust me (and GPC) on this - regardless of whether the bank appraiser catches it, ask for the CO. If you go to do work on your house in later years and something unpermitted or illegal turns up, they will make YOU fix it. It will be a headache for you. So you should now make it the SELLERS headache. And don't think if you do work later on they won't look - they will. And basement bathrooms are the first thing on the list.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Thanks GPC.
If the bathroom is an issue, typically who would be responsible to take care of it? Will the seller (owner) do the work? I'm assuming it's not the buyers (me) responsibility.
I'm not sure about this as I am a first time home buyer. Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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Trust me (and GPC) on this - regardless of whether the bank appraiser catches it, ask for the CO. If you go to do work on your house in later years and something unpermitted or illegal turns up, they will make YOU fix it. It will be a headache for you. So you should now make it the SELLERS headache. And don't think if you do work later on they won't look - they will. And basement bathrooms are the first thing on the list.

Thanks. Can I request the CO?
I looked on mynassauproperty and the house is listed as having 1 bathroom. Does that mean there is no permit for the second?
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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Thanks. Can I request the CO?
I looked on mynassauproperty and the house is listed as having 1 bathroom. Does that mean there is no permit for the second?
Most likely. Also, keep in mind that if there is no permit for it, the owners aren't being taxed for it either. So once a permit is in place (if there is none now), RE taxes will increase.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:35 AM
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Thanks GPC.
If the bathroom is an issue, typically who would be responsible to take care of it? Will the seller (owner) do the work? I'm assuming it's not the buyers (me) responsibility.
I'm not sure about this as I am a first time home buyer. Thanks!
If the owners want to sell their house to you, they'll take care of it. It's their responsibility, not yours.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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Thank you all. I will request that the owners take care of it.

One last question: If the property is listed on mynassauproperty.com as only having 1 bathroom, does that mean they did not get the proper permits?
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:46 AM
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Thank you all. I will request that the owners take care of it.

One last question: If the property is listed on mynassauproperty.com as only having 1 bathroom, does that mean they did not get the proper permits?
Yes, they probably didn't get a permit. Keep in mind that if the bathroom isn't up to code, additional work will be needed to bring it up to code. Again, this is the owners responsibility. Come back and let us know what happens. I'm curious how the owners will respond to you.
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