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Old 11-29-2016, 11:33 AM
 
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Hello,
I received a notice for inspection because someone made a claim that I have more than the occupancy limit for a two family and illegal conversion to rooming house. My mother and my cousins live on the 2nd floor which is a four bed room and I live on the 1 which is a 3 bedroom. I found out that for every 80 Square feet I am allowed 1 adult and 1 child under 4. I have a total of 1344 square feet. I have a total of 11 adults and 3 kids. So I am legally under the occupancy. I rent 2 of my 3 bedroom out to a cousin and a friend. Does that constitute a rooming house? I was under the impression I can basically sublease my floor. Also I am thinking of renting my living room to help cover the mortgage. Would this be considered rooming house?
Also I have a home based business in my basement. My basement bathroom only has a sink and toilet, I don't have a kitchen. I have a room for storage. My bathroom has walls that I put up and my storage room is also enclosed with walls I put up. I put un additional walls for my business.


Can someone tell me if putting up walls in the basement a violation? I try to follow the law to the best of my ability but I am scared once the inspector come, I will be fined for something.
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Old 11-29-2016, 11:50 AM
 
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Your poor neighbors...
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Old 11-29-2016, 12:09 PM
 
Location: LES & Brooklyn
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I'm sure the rest of the CD crew is about to let you have it.. But I'm still stuck on the fact that your currently under investigation for over occupancy, YET your still looking out to rent out a living room... YET you claim to be trying to follow laws??
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Old 11-29-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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I'm sure the rest of the CD crew is about to let you have it.. But I'm still stuck on the fact that your currently under investigation for over occupancy, YET your still looking out to rent out a living room... YET you claim to be trying to follow laws??
I didn't violate any rules by renting it out. I asked a simple question and I am sorry you don't like it.
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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I found out that for every 80 Square feet I am allowed 1 adult and 1 child under 4.
So then you can have 16 adults and 16 children living here?
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Old 11-29-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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Don't know all the codes family might be an exception to rules about subletting (family being allowed) The friend may prove to be an issue.
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Old 11-30-2016, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Hello,
. I have a total of 11 adults and 3 kids. So I am legally under the occupancy. I rent 2 of my 3 bedroom out to a cousin and a friend. Does that constitute a rooming house? I was under the impression I can basically sublease my floor. Also I am thinking of renting my living room to help cover the mortgage. Would this be considered rooming house?
Also I have a home based business in my basement. My basement bathroom only has a sink and toilet, I don't have a kitchen. I have a room for storage. My bathroom has walls that I put up and my storage room is also enclosed with walls I put up. I put un additional walls for my business.


Can someone tell me if putting up walls in the basement a violation? I try to follow the law to the best of my ability but I am scared once the inspector come, I will be fined for something.

It is beginning to sound a bit like a rooming house. You will just have to abide by the appealable decision of the housing inspectors.


Please don't bring any more people in until you have been vetted.
<Beware sying too much about your "basement business.">
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Old 11-30-2016, 07:51 AM
 
Location: LES & Brooklyn
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I didn't violate any rules by renting it out. I asked a simple question and I am sorry you don't like it.

Not about being sorry, that "I" don't like it.. God forbid a fire breaks out in your home, how do you explain all the deaths that would occur?
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:16 AM
 
Location: NYPD"s 30th Precinct
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I didn't violate any rules by renting it out.
Really? You sure about that? Does that second floor area where your cousins live have its own lockable door that leads to it?

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I was under the impression I can basically sublease my floor
Why are you talking about subleasing? I thought you owned this home?

Did you get any kind of permit for all those walls you put up? Be prepared to take them right back down, if not.

This whole thing sounds like a fire code nightmare.
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Really? You sure about that? Does that second floor area where your cousins live have its own lockable door that leads to it?



Why are you talking about subleasing? I thought you owned this home?

Did you get any kind of permit for all those walls you put up? Be prepared to take them right back down, if not.

This whole thing sounds like a fire code nightmare.
I agree. If it violates fire safety codes, you have to remedy it immediately. The codes are in place for a reason. If a fire breaks out and there is not proper escape routes, it can result in a real tragedy. Numerous deaths have resulted in home conversions similar to this. Its an awful way to go, stuck in a fire with no way out. For anyone who has been in a major house fire and lived through it, they can tell you its unbelievably scary thing to experience.

Fine or not, think of what could be prevented here.
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