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Old 10-31-2009, 07:31 AM   #1
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I was asked recently about renovating a basement for rental use. I can't find any building codes which need to be addressed. Are there any 'general guidelines' in regards to the amount of rooms, fire safety and electrical/ HVAC issues?
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Minimum ceiling heights and alternate egress will probably be issues. All other plumbing, electrical, etc. codes for living spaces will apply too like GFCI outlets in bathroom and kitchen.
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Also, don't overlook the possible zoning violation. If your property is zoned for single family, then you can't add a separate living space.
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Also, don't overlook the possible zoning violation. If your property is zoned for single family, then you can't add a separate living space.
That's absolutely correct. Subdividing an existing home into multiple units will often be a zoning problem.

Additionally, the creation of a separate living unit within the structure will likely require rated fire separation from the upstairs living space. That is a major undertaking.
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