The Amazing Disappearing Bedroom
June 4, 2013 12:12 PM Subscribe
I'm starting the process of selling my house. It turns out that one bedroom is not actually large enough to be a legal bedroom in this state --- it is 60 sq ft and the minimum in NY is 70. So apparently mine is a two bedroom house instead of a three bedroom. When I bought the house, it was officially represented as three bedrooms. Do I have any recourse?
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl to Work & Money (25 answers total)
I learned this today from a seller's estate agent. She insists it must be listed as two bedrooms when I sell, and to do otherwise would be a breach of ethics.
Six years ago, when I bought the house, it was listed as having three bedrooms, and also recorded as three bedrooms with the county assessor's office. Before I bought the house, I directly asked my buyer's agent if this bedroom was legal, and she told me not to worry about it. (The minimum square footage code has not changed in the meantime.)
This may have a significant impact on resale value; exactly how much is unclear. No one doing a walk-through of the house would think this is much of a bedroom, so it is mostly a question of how the house is listed on paper and how it is compared with similar listings to assess value.
My question is: Is it possible that there was professional negligence involved at the time I purchased the house, on the part of the seller's agent (for listing a house incorrectly), the buyer's agent (for dismissing my apparently correct concern), or the assessor I hired to evaluate the house (whose written evaluation counts three bedrooms and also contains other mistakes). Is this worth approaching a lawyer for?