When considering board applications, virtually all co-operative and condominium buildings want to be sure there won’t be too many residents in the apartment that a purchaser is under contract to buy.
No overstuffed clown cars for them.
For buildings, it is a matter of sensible choice. For the city, it is a matter of law.
According to the New York City Administrative Code, the number of apartment occupants depends on the “livable floor area.” Here’s how to calculate the area:
- Disregard all floors smaller than 80 square feet, private halls, foyers, bathrooms and water closets;
- Include the square feet of the kitchen or kitchenette;
- Divide the resulting total by 80.
Each person in an apartment must have a minimum livable area of 80 square feet, so the calculation provides the permissible number of occupants.
For every two persons who can live in a unit, one child under 4 years old can live there as well.
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