SFR marketed as a Duplex

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Hello BP'ers! I'm interested in a property that is being marketed on the MLS as a duplex, but doing my own research, the county records have it labeled as a SFR.


  • If I purchase the property, what's involved in getting it legally qualified as a MF?
  • With tenants already in place (and will be there through the purchase), what problems does this pose in getting the property qualified as a MF?
  • Has anyone ran across this situation and made the process of making the property MF a part of the sellers responsibility as part of the negations (good / bad)?

If it varies by city / county, this is in Pensacola, FL and any local knowledge/experience is certainly appreciated. 

    I'm not quite sure what the code requirements are for Pensacola, FL, but I did find some information published by the city of Minneapolis.  There are two links under the conversion section which would give you a good starting point.  Hope this helps:

    It's probably not a big deal.  If the units have separate power meters, you can be assured the usage is legal.  Here's a link to our zoning codes.  Look at the zoning # on the tax assessor's site, then match up here.  If you're really concerned, call the County Zoning folks, they can tell you over the phone.  Let me know if any questions.

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