Residents may not crowd into apartments

(Flickr photo by Rae Allen)

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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Malcolm Carter
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
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New York, NY 10022

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2 thoughts on “Residents may not crowd into apartments

  1. Dear Mr. Carter, � I also find your articles very interesting and information. Could you kindly elaborate on�your crowded apartment article. I may be doing the math incorrectly. How many people can legally live in a 700 square foot apartment? Also, do you know what is considered a clutter or “Collier” condition in an apartment? � Thank you for your time. � Best regards, Arnold Martin �


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