I'm in currently in contract on a 5 unit multi family and my inspection is scheduled for next week. I'm going to walk a few contractors through to bid the rehab (mostly cosmetic stuff for the existing units). One of the things I also want to do is clean out the basement, run plumbing and electrical to it in order to utilize some coin operated laundry. The building is 100 + years old, and has a raised foundation...I'm sure there is moisture down there. Question is this: Since I'm already running plumbing and electrical down there, what are the odds I can legally and safely add a couple livable units down there? What kinds of things would I need to know prior to determining this?
Thanks guys, I look forward to hearing your responses!
There are probably minimum ceiling heights. You'd also need windows that allow egress in an emergency. Check with your town to see what requirements there are.
- Enough Parking space (possibly regulated per code)
- Enough Amperage on the utility feed to support extra units
- Enough water pressure for extra units
- Any code "extras" required for over 5 units (fire extinguishers, etc...)
- Any loss of Grandfathered code violations from new construction (ie must rewire whole building up to modern standards, must add handicapped access, etc...)
- Any difference in property tax rates for over 5 units
That's a few just off of the top of my head.