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i am sharing this hosue with 1 other person. ownership of the hosue if a fuzzy, seperate issue, but for simplicity sake i'll say i am the owner. if to answer fully more details about that are necessary i'll go into it then.
the town building inspector is claiming that some sort of "illegal apartment" exists here. this issue has also come up in the past. as i have said, this house was built this way, to my knowledge legally and without ever having been modified. it was always owned by my family, but admittedly i was very young in the early years. i am assuming no modifications have ever been made that would create an "illegal apartment."
when arguing this with the town on a previous occassion, my sister said the building inspector told her it was illegal for the owner of a house to share a residence with a non family member, which i find ridiuclous.
i am currently being pestered by the building inspector again, i am assuming the eventual outcoe will be the same as last time, that i am told someone has to leave or i will be issues a summons.
the house was built and sold as a one family house in a lot i am told is zoned to be a 1 family. however, it has always been taxed as a two family. the ground floor has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, garage and a rear entrance. there is also a side entrance which opens onto a foyer area and gives direct access to both upstairs and down. the upstairs is 3 bedrooms, kitchen 1 and 1/2 baths, front entrance.
let me stress again, to my knowledge this has always been the layout of the house and no modifications have been done since its construction.
would it be legal for my friend and i to both live upstairs, but illegal if one of us uses the downstairs? would we totally not be permitted to use any of the downstairs rooms at all?
i'm not sure what means, legally. there is one set of bills paid collectively by the both of us. they are all in my name.