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No it is not legal

Certainly not legal, and what if there were a fire? Landlord must be pleased to be able to charge somebody for the weird little space. There is something charming though about this young striver and his oddly specific grocery list. When we lived in Sunset Park there was a group of men who lived int the basement furnace room. We were not supposed to know.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/realestate/so-you-think-your-place-is-small.html

Edit: Told son about this article, his immediate reaction: 'What if there was a fire?' I am pleased by this. Also, told him it reminded me of the boiler room guys. He said 'Oh yes, the ones who played polka music at night?' How could I have forgotten that? Spanish language polka, all night long at volume 11...

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vespican
Sep. 17th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
Even in private residences, basements aren't supposed to be used as bedrooms unless the windows are designed to be escape routes. One of those things I guess where one must weigh practicalities with legalities. Not so good if you are a landlord.
Dave
P. S. Hope the Polkas didn't keep people up!
wellinghall
Sep. 19th, 2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
Good grief that's small.
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