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Jon, Home Buyer in Traverse City, MI

What makes a bedroom in the state of Michigan? I am looking at a house that has converted an attic space with

Asked by Jon, Traverse City, MI Fri Nov 2, 2007

electric and drywall in to a space/bedroom.there are NO closets and the ceiling is about 6ft 5inch or so.

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Jon, The State of Michigan website below may have your answer. Local city or township clerk and zoning offices would have more specific answers. I can agree, verify rules about egress and permits as previously mentioned. There might be other parts of the booklet below available, all I could find was part 3.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 2, 2007
Jon, ceiling height is an issue, as 6'5" does not meet minimum height requirements to meet Michigan codes as habitable space. Closets can always be added to make it appear to be a bedroom, but it sounds to me like it's more of an attic that happens to have wiring & drywall. You could contact a member of your Traverse City homebuilders association to find a professional with whom to discuss this.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 9, 2007
Hi Jon; I have a similar rental property. Upstairs has a large space w/closets leading to an area blocked off w/walls and a door, closets, window, and is an obvious bedroom. I was told that this open space could not be considered a bedroom because "you cannot walk thru a bedroom" to get to another bedroom. This information was gained through an inspection by MSHDA for Section 8. Good in in the other comments also.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 19, 2007
Hi Jon - You have some good info below. I tend to agree that the space would not meet code requirements for a bedroom. Does the listing sheet refer to this as a bedroom? If so, does this coincide with the information that the local Tax Assessor and/or Buidling/Code Office have on file? Either way, I wuold check with Tax & Code depts because as noted below, calling it a bedroom doesn not make it one.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 9, 2007
Generally, a room would have a closet if it were a bedroom. However, many older homes did not have closets when constructed so that isn't always the defining factor. I can say that what a bedroom MUST have is a means of egress. That is to say a window or door through which escape can be made in case of fire. Without that, it's just a room, and a dangerous place to sleep.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 2, 2007
Well, it could be used as a bedroom but most bedrooms have closets. It is also possible he attic was converted without a building permit. You should ask the agent or seller about that and also what problems you might have when you sell it and whqat your disclosure obligations might be.
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