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Re: Is this 1BR? NO, it isn't

Posted by Anna on June 04, 1999 at 22:47:03:

In Reply to: Is this 1BR? posted by nana on June 04, 1999 at 08:44:26:

: Hi
: Is there any definition of "1BR" in NYC? I heard the bedroom is
: supposed to have a window by law. Is this true?
: I also want to know if the bedroom must have a door or not.
: I saw a small unit that has a living room area and a bedroom
: area separately (divide by an arch near the ceiling), has no door between the two areas and no windows in the bedroom space.
: To me this seems a studio not a 1BR, but I was told this is 1BR.
: I just want to know if I'm wrong.

: Thanks.

There actually have been legal definitions for many decades, and yes, it must have a window to be any room for 'living' purposes. There are also square footage minimums for room and for bedrooms, it varies depending on when the buidling was built. You'll find some definitions in the Building Code, the HMC and the MDL: the latter two are on Tenant.Net, the former is nowhere online.

However, what the real estate agent or lanlodrd calls something is just a New York state of mind........

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