Airbnb 3rd Floor Egress - Bloomfield NJ

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Hi,

I recently purchased  a 2 family home in Bloomfield, NJ. There is a finished third floor that is not a legal unit. To avoid any trouble with the town, I do not want to rent it out as a long term rental, and I am considering renting it out on Airbnb as a short term rental. However, there is only one means of egress from that floor, which is the stairs leading up to the unit. Are there safety concerns with only one eggress from the third floor? Would I need to add some kind of fire escape? Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

I don't think there is a lot of regulation on what ls legal for transient occupancy, but typically if it's not considered safe for a tenant, it's also not safe for an Airbnb guest. Airbnb will not come check your property, and guests probably won't complain. I think that's really up to your local buildings department, but I'm sure you could get away with it.

@Ryan Cheung

I think this is more a question about safety instead of regulation, correct? You can find several products that can be attached to a window which creates a second egress (think emergency rope ladder) these are cost effective and can be stored in a case as to not be messed with. Worst case scenario if a building inspector shows up or if something happens you have something in place. Better safe than sorry.

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@Ryan Cheung Way too risky for me. You not only have a safety issue, but your insurance company may not insure you if something was too happen, you have a code enforcement issue, and you are exposing yourself to legal issues if someone gets injured up there. How much $$ are you expecting to earn from this unit? I'd much rather go to the casino and play craps because I can only lose what is in my wallet.

Why do you think it would not be legal to rent long term, but okay to rent short term?

I would think about it from your insurer’s perspective. Unlikely they would be comfortable underwriting your policy if they knew you’d be renting that floor out without two means of egress.

I would recommend consulting with your insurance agent before utilizing that space, and taking whatever precautions he/she recommends.

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