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What constitutes a kitchen?

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Inspected a property that has nothing in the kitchen, no cabinets, no stove, no refrigerator, not even a sink. Previous owner had renovated the entire house, decided to sell before he finished the kitchen. Prospective buyer is a bachelor and has NO problem not having a kitchen. He's already moved in and is using a microwave and a cooler. Ah, I remember living like that.

I think at the very least there needs to be a working sink in the kitchen and at least 1 cabinet. Anyone else run into this situation?

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Sink is mandatory.

Inspected a property that has nothing in the kitchen, no cabinets, no stove, no refrigerator, not even a sink. Previous owner had renovated the entire house, decided to sell before he finished the kitchen. Prospective buyer is a bachelor and has NO problem not having a kitchen. He's already moved in and is using a microwave and a cooler. Ah, I remember living like that.

I think at the very least there needs to be a working sink in the kitchen and at least 1 cabinet. Anyone else run into this situation?

TC

Everything else is optional, ask my wife.
 

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I'm assuming it's not Patty.


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mark macgarvey

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TC, My only question would be if the township requires a kitchen (stove, sink etc) in order to issue a certificate of occupancy. Many municipalities do, some don't.
 

Caterina Platt

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Any pictures of Patty? :new_smile-l: Betcha the upper front was her compensating factor for the cooking issue. :rof:

Ok, onto more serious issues. When Lee Ann, Dee Dee and I sat in front of HUD and thier contractors for M & M, we engaged in a discussion of the minimum property requirements for a kitchen as far as FHA was concerned. For what it's worth, I think I remember a basic description of items required to safely and adequately prepare food. Stove, sink, and a minor amount of counter space. Storage (cabinets) weren't necessarily required. Technically, I suppose you could buy the roll around, open shelving or similar and get by without cabinets. Commercial kitchens do it all the time.
 

Walter Kirk

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This is an interesting question. I recently appraised a property that had two "kitchens". One was a standard upscale kitchen but the second in an in law unit had a kitchen base cabinet with a sink,one upper cabinet, a dorm size refrigerator and a microwave oven, no stove. Since the accessory unit didn't require a kitchen I didn't have a problem with obsolescense but I wonder about smaler units efficencies etc without stoves.
 

Caterina Platt

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Walter,
In my area, that second unit's configuration was the loophole method to comply with only one dwelling on the site. The stove (per our zoning code) is what makes it a second kitchen, and therefore, a second living unit. A 'no no' on single family zoned parcels.
 
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