Does a bedroom in Newburyport, MA have to have a closet? On what year did this become code?

Asked by Gail, 03290 Fri Jul 22, 2011

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Lenny Rowe, Agent, Marshfield, MA
Sat Jul 23, 2011
We just ran into this question on a recnet sale of a townhome in Pembroke, MA. We scoured many websites and other sources. We also spoke directly to a licensed appraiser in MA. All the answers pointed us to the following; In Massachusetts a bedroom must be a minimum of 70 square feet and no closet is required. Although Newburyport may have different regulations, or its' own interpretations of the code.
Good Luck! Cheers! Lenny Rowe, Realtor
Boston Connect Real Estate Services
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Fri Jul 22, 2011
"Any room can be a bedroom as long as it fits the accommodations required if there is no closet (at least a twin bed & maybe a dresser). For real estate purposes a closet is a plus but not required and the egress requirement is for building new construction-if the window does not meet code it is usually "grandfathered" in."
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Jeff Makowski, Agent, Andover, MA
Fri Jul 22, 2011
As Ron said< it needs a closet to be listed as a bedroom but may not be required by code> Here is a link to the city of Newburyport, MA that may help:

http://www.cityofnewburyport.com/online.html

Let me know if I can help further.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Fri Jul 22, 2011
I don't believe it is CODE, it simply needs a closet to be called a BEDROOM.
If it doesn't have a closet, we cannot include that on the LISTING as a bedroom.
The owner can either build a closet or use an Armoir and make it a bedroom.

Good luck and may God bless
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