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What Rooms Count as Habitable Spaces?

Many renovations involve creating new rooms or altering the dimensions of existing rooms.  In order to be approved by the Department of Buildings, however, rooms must meet certain criteria in order to be labeled “habitable.”  You can’t, for instance, build a 60 square foot room with no windows and call it a bedroom and expect plans to be approved.  The following room types are considered habitable and must follow habitable room guidelines (see here): More Info

Signs That Your Apartment May Be Illegal

Illegal apartments are extremely common in New York City, especially in the outer boroughs.   Although rents are often a good deal relative to NYC’s sky-high rents elsewhere, illegal apartments frequently have hazardous conditions that violate basic life safety standards set by the Department of Buildings.   More Info