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Old 07-26-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Income suite or Basement Apartment. Fairfax County. need expert Information source.
I’m thinking about buying a home with an income suite, or In-Law apartment. I know there must be a ton of regulations on this. Fire ratings, sound transmission, smoke and fire alarms, parking requirements, HOA covenants, window and door requirements, you name it. I would like to educate myself on all things basement Apartment before plunking down 600K to 700K for a house with one. I want to know if they did it right. Or alternatively buy a home with an unfinished basement and do it myself.
I’m also interested in any firsthand knowledge of having an income suite..
Also if you have an opinion about what type of place you as a renter would find attractive..
What area would you be most interested in I’m interested in hearing from you?.

P.S. Im open to book recomendations, web site links, and first hand knowledge.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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P.S. Im open to book recomendations, web site links, and first hand knowledge.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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Home inspection should turn up code violations. HOA will also cite things that need to be fixed before the sale closes. The only HOA citations I've seen dealt with the exterior of the house.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:13 PM
 
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The law in Fairfax County is that if you (by yourself or with your family) are living in a home, you can rent to only two additional tenants who are not related to you. So you could live in the house and rent out the suite to two people but not a family. If the suite is in the basement it would have to be a walk-out to meet fire codes.

If you aren't living in the house, it can be rented to an individual family of whatever size, or to up to a maximum of four unrelated individuals (such as four college students or young single adults).

This should have more details on codes, etc.:

Housing*- Fairfax County, Virginia

You can also check here to verify whether a basement was finished properly with permits and inspections (although if it's an older house it may not be in their database):

Building Permits*- Fairfax County, Virginia

As you consider specific places, you could call the county and verify the legitimacy of your plans. And if a place is part of an HOA, they're required to send you a packet of documents before you close on a sale (although they charge you for it, I think it's around $100).

Good luck, you're smart to check into this and do it right.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Thank you Yankeesfan
Greaat Info!!!!
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Old 12-23-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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Default Is it legal to block a basement door to prevent basement renters from getting out?

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The law in Fairfax County is that if you (by yourself or with your family) are living in a home, you can rent to only two additional tenants who are not related to you. So you could live in the house and rent out the suite to two people but not a family. If the suite is in the basement it would have to be a walk-out to meet fire codes.

If you aren't living in the house, it can be rented to an individual family of whatever size, or to up to a maximum of four unrelated individuals (such as four college students or young single adults).

This should have more details on codes, etc.:

[url=http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/housing/]Housing*- Fairfax County, Virginia[/url]

You can also check here to verify whether a basement was finished properly with permits and inspections (although if it's an older house it may not be in their database):

[url=http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/buildingpermits/]Building Permits*- Fairfax County, Virginia[/url]

As you consider specific places, you could call the county and verify the legitimacy of your plans. And if a place is part of an HOA, they're required to send you a packet of documents before you close on a sale (although they charge you for it, I think it's around $100).

Good luck, you're smart to check into this and do it right.
Is it legal to block a basement door to prevent basement renters from getting out?

I assume the answer to this question is no, but where can I find the code or to whom would one register a complaint? (The Housing - Fairfax County link is dead.)
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Old 12-23-2017, 11:11 AM
 
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Is it legal to block a basement door to prevent basement renters from getting out?

I assume the answer to this question is no, but where can I find the code or to whom would one register a complaint? (The Housing - Fairfax County link is dead.)
If there is no egress from the basement that easily leads outside, then renting out the basement and blocking the door to the upstairs is most definitely illegal.
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