You will need to contact the city permits and code compliance department. Sometimes exceptions are made, but they may need to be approved by city departments or other compliance enforcement
departments. Good luck! Liz, 612-986-4105... more
In the 1920's the attics were not intended to be occupied space and as such the access to them could be found anywhere. It wasn't until more recent times that people began to see the potential to finish them and add living space thereby redefining their original purpose.
It is also very possible that the bathroom has been relocated in the units you have been looking at. Investment property in particular is notoreous for ill fated additions and renovations.