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Lanny A Freng

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Got a realtor saying that a we can count a room that does not have a closet as a legal bedroom, I was always under the impression legal bedroom = legal egress, closet, and a door. I am located in MN if it is region specific.

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It depends.

Typically, if a wardrobe can be fitted into the room along with a bed, it could be counted as a bedroom.....

How old is the house?
How would a closet in that room compare in the minds of the buyers???
 

Lanny A Freng

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college rental house, I am sure they dont care about closets, throwthe clothes on the floor next to the playstation and beer cans.
 

Mike Kennedy

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Foooood Fight !!!!!!! we don't need no stinkin closets we stack the cases on top of the kegs......

depending on the actual age (see Pam's post) - many "frat houses' are typically late 1800s thru early 1900s old style colonials...... if so ...........lack of individual closets are characteristic. recommend contacting listing n selling agents of potentional comps and confirming if this feature is typical in the local market. Minor Functional Obsolescence, Curable if not. (also verify local actives & contracts and older/dated sales of the most similar props). Let the Market guide you.
 

lizhorvath

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I agree with Mike and Pam. In my area, most of the homes without closets were built in the era of Wardrobes and Armoires. Still considered it a bedroom. Plus, remember, people and therefore likely beds were smaller before.
How the heck anyone can sleep with their spouse in a 3/4 or double bed is beyond me, but they did it.
Maybe that's why people back then had more kids than I do.
 

Kevin A. Spellman

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Speak with the health department or the building department for the minimum requirement to be considered sleeping quarters. Here in MA 70 square feet and an egress to the exterior that satisfy fire-rescue.
 

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Got a realtor saying that a we can count a room that does not have a closet as a legal bedroom, I was always under the impression legal bedroom = legal egress, closet, and a door. I am located in MN if it is region specific.

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Just how much does it matter what you call it? The name of the room doesn't change it. How would a typical buyer look at the property? What other houses would they consider substitutes for the property and vice versa. Why do so many get hung up on names? I've never known a home owner to call an expert to decide if they can put a bed in a room.
 

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Those college houses are often rented by the bedroom, and the large bedrooms can fit two tenants. They'll count the mud room off the kitchen as a bedroom if they can get someone to rent it as one. Chances are, it's a bedroom (not the mud room, the other room).
 

Richard Carlsen

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I was always under the impression legal bedroom = legal egress, closet, and a door.

Just another of those Old Wives Tales. :sad:

You can count it as just about anything you wish.

But first ask yourself these questions: What is the utility of the room? How would the market see it? What would be and what is it's present utility?

If the market sees it as a bedroom and a typical buyer would utilize it as a bedroom, do you really have any justification for saying that it does not have bedroom utility and should not be counted as a bedroom?
 

resiarppa

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Lanny, What is the realtors motive? I would check the assessors records against the MLS data and develop your own opinion which may or may not be consistent with the realtors.
 
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