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John K, Home Buyer in Jersey City, NJ

How would I go about finding out the rules and regulations on renting out my basement.?

Asked by John K, Jersey City, NJ Sun Jan 13, 2013

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I WOULD CALL THE LOCAL ZONING DEPARTMENT.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 26, 2013
Hi Jason. You should call your local municipality (ie; Village/County) and speak with the Zoning department. They can assist you in deciding whether or not you can have a legal living space in your basement. If not, you may have to make some modifications in order it to be a legal living space, as Sandra mentioned. Good Luck!

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 15, 2013
Call your local municipality and speak to the Zoning officer to see if it's even possible to rent your basement space. The officer will probably come out to inspect your property. Depending on the "use" of your basement space for example living quarters or storage space there might be some modifications necessary for you to complete if allowable by your municipality. So do the math, to see if the rent will justify your capital investment. Count the cost and always make it legal! Insurance is another factor you must consider ...does your current policy allow for such a use in your basement. Probably not--call your insurance agent and tell him what your thinking about doing to see the affect on your current or added policy. Play it safe!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2013
call the local town hall and ask for building/zoning department.....you might try googling that, too , just to get started

clearly, to be a "legal" rental space, it would have to have egress (a way out) to the outside in case of an emergency......but there's no need for anyone to guess..make those calls and find out for sure!

best wishes..........
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