You do not need to have heat if built 1950 or prior and has a radiant heat source - unless it has been renovated in any way - then you will need to install electric baseboard.
The lender is more of a problem then the state - if a permit to renovate anything was pulled for that property after 1950 then you will need to add that base board one way or another.
That is my understanding of the heat issue - but - consult you city or township and if need be your attorney.
I hope it helps
Hope that helps,
According to the state code: (and I would say that any local codes would apply as well and may be different by town)
Bedroom - A room providing privacy, intended primarily for sleeping and consisting of all
of the following:
(a) floor space of no less than 70 square feet;
(b) for new construction, a ceiling height of no less than 7'3";
(c) for existing houses and for mobile homes, a ceiling height of no less than 7'0";
(d) an electrical service and ventilation; and
(e) at least one window.
Living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, halls, bathrooms, unfinished cellars and unheated
storage areas over garages are not considered bedrooms. Single family dwellings shall be
presumed to have at least three bedrooms. Where the total number of rooms for single family
dwellings exceeds eight, not including bathrooms, hallways, unfinished cellars and unheated
storage areas, the number of bedrooms presumed shall be calculated by dividing the total
number of rooms by two then rounding down to the next lowest whole number. The
applicant may design a system using design flows for a smaller number of bedrooms than are
presumed in this definition by granting to the approving authority a deed restriction limiting
the number of bedrooms to the smaller number.
Notice it mentions ventilation which would likely mean heat in my best guess, but may not. And it DOES NOTmention a CLOSET. I've also heard that the ceiling height requirements on older homes must be 7ft or more for at least 75% of the ceiling height.
Finally I would add that the marketing agent likely used public records as most agents do to determine the amount of bedrooms as thats whats been used by the town for tax purposes. So if the city is considering it 2 bedrooms it likely is ok in that city...and of course it could also be a mistake that needs to be corrected by the town assessor.
Hope this helps!
What is wrong with these codes? I think some changes need to made. A bedroom in my opinion should be heated! I think there needs to be some central regulations as well so that appraisers, inspectors, realtor listings etc ... all have the same rules regarding what a bedroom is and what you can list as one. Disgusted....
What you are asking is price. Everything is negotiable. My suggestion is to look around at other homes with heated bedrooms if you don't like the price.
If the home was built without heat in the room - and - no renovations have taken place on the property then it is grandfathered in prior to approx 1950.
If any portion of the property was renovated then heat is required and electric baseboard should do the trick.
Remember it isn't so much the laws that twist your knickers , its what the lenders want in order to hand over the cash.
I hope that helps - J
Century 21 Northshore