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Old 07-16-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I expect if the appraiser is from the area, he has seen garages converted into all kinds of "things" and well knows how to handle/appraise the issue.

If asked about the "remodel" say you just made it a "nicer" room for storage, computer room, man cave, etc. but someone could easily make it back into a garage by removing the "false wall" and for appraisal purposes, you will do as he suggests if change is required. Then zip lip......LOL
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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I expect if the appraiser is from the area, he has seen garages converted into all kinds of "things" and well knows how to handle/appraise the issue.

If asked about the "remodel" say you just made it a "nicer" room for storage, computer room, man cave, etc. but someone could easily make it back into a garage by removing the "false wall" and for appraisal purposes, you will do as he suggests if change is required. Then zip lip......LOL
You all got it right. The reason for leaving the door and tracks is to be able to convert back if the need arises.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Texas.
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If a permit were issued, wouldn't it reflect the improvement on your tax assesment and allow an increase?
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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It cannot be called a bedroom in most cities without a closet and a window egress. If you don't have those, then it becomes a "study" or "bonus room."
a closet is irrelevant in NYC, which is the OP's location.


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If a permit were issued, wouldn't it reflect the improvement on your tax assesment and allow an increase?
And why not go look at your tax card to see how the property is assessed? That would be your answer and it wouldn't alert anyone to what may be work done without the proper permit.

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According to the New York City Administrative Code, a bedroom must meet the following criteria:
  • It is a “living room used for sleeping purposes;”
  • Generally, the dimensions must be a minimum of eight feet in length, width and height each;
  • “All bedrooms must have at least one window that opens to a street, yard or courtyard or to a balcony that opens on a street, yard or court;”
  • The total area of the windows in the room must be at least one-tenth the floor area of the room and at least 12 square feet in area;
  • A kitchen, foyer, bathroom, dining room, dinette, hall, corridor or passageway may not be counted as bedroom, nor may it be considered a bedroom if an occupant must pass through it to reach other parts of the apartment.
When is a bedroom not a bedroom? «

I also searched the administrative laws for NYC and could find no reference to a closet, but did find that in a multiple dwelling unit (and many properties in Queens are not single family detached houses), one third of the "bedrooms" may have one minimum wall that is no less than 7' as opposed to the 8' requirement.

There is also a section about COOs and unpermitted work and fines and even revocation of a COO.

I would be concerned, OP, that there is no window in the room. Forget all the legalities, this is your son's life.

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