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Basements and Cellars in One- and Two-Family Dwellings

Renting out a basement can be an excellent way to collect a little extra income from what might have otherwise been unused space.  However, not all basements can be rented out legally because of restrictions set by the Department of Buildings and Housing Preservation and Development.  This post assumes that your basement meets basic requirements for habitation (click here to learn what those requirements are). More Info

Temporary Walls

New York City apartments’ rents have skyrocketed over the past few decades—a staggering 75% in the past 15 years.  Unless you’re a Wall Street banker, you’re going to need to get creative if you want to live in the Big Apple and afford the rent.  Many people who choose to get roommates to split the rent aren’t keen about sacrificing their privacy, though, and ask about creating extra rooms with temporary walls.  Here’s what you need to know about creating “new” rooms with temporary walls. More Info

Expedited Review Process for Electrical Advisory Board

In its continuing effort to streamline and accelerate permit processing time, the Department of Buildings has recently instituted an expedited review process for certain Electrical Advisory Board submissions.  Normally, the Electrical Advisory Board governs approval of electrical installations with 1000kVA service or larger.  However, starting March 2014, submissions meeting any of the following criteria are eligible for expedited review: More Info