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Lady1, Home Owner in 02116

do i need to have a window in a bedroom of a house i am renting out?

Asked by Lady1, 02116 Sat Jul 7, 2012

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John Becker’s answer
By the strict definition to call a room a bedroom, the room is required to have a window, closet and be at least 70 sq feet. Many people are looking for a separate space and will use the living room as bedroom, this would be called a split, when you can close the living room door( now bedroom) and create a space that others don't need to pass through to reach other room in the apartment.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 13, 2013
In order to be considered a bedroom a room must have a window.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 8, 2012
According to the International Residential Code for 2012:

R310.1 Emergency escape and rescue required.
Basements, habitable attics and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, emergency egress and rescue openings shall be required in each sleeping room. Where emergency escape and rescue openings are provided they shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches (1118 mm) measured from the finished floor to the bottom of the clear opening. Where a door opening having a threshold below the adjacent ground elevation serves as an emergency escape and rescue opening and is provided with a bulkhead enclosure, the bulkhead enclosure shall comply with Section R310.3. The net clear opening dimensions required by this section shall be obtained by the normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening from the inside. Emergency escape and rescue openings with a finished sill height below the adjacent ground elevation shall be provided with a window well in accordance with Section R310.2. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall open directly into a public way, or to a yard or court that opens to a public way.

Hope this helps.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 7, 2012
A bedroom needs to have a window in it. For your safety, make sure an apartment has appropriate safety exits. I am sure that every state and township may have their own guidelines regarding rentals. If you have any questions, I would call the Town that you are looking to rent in and check their requirements.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 22, 2015
If you're advertising a 1 bedroom, then yes, it must have a window and a closet. It all depends on how you are defining the property's description. For example: a Loft space vs One Bedroom. A loft does not have to have any defined rooms but a one bedroom does. Hope this helps.
Mariana Galstian
My Boston Condo
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 28, 2013
Good Afternoon,

It is best too have a window on a 1 bedroom as majority of 1 bedrooms do have windows.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 9, 2012
Hi Lady 1,
Yes, to be considered a room you need to have a window, door, heat source. I believe in Boston it needs to be a minimum of 8 X10 or the equivalent of 80 sq ft.
That is a great question!
Maureen Rossi
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 7, 2012
It surprised me when I was told that a bedroom does not need a window to meet building code. It does need to have a source of heat and a closet. Now the more important question might be - will your renter require that the bedroom has a window? That could have a different answer!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 7, 2012
Technically, no. But it depends on the floor and where the room is situated.
Best regards,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 7, 2012
Not necessarily but if it's in the basement then yes you do
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 7, 2012
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