Question: What determines a legal bedroom in a home? Sophia J., Old Orchard Beach

Answer: Sophia, great question and there is a lot of misinformation on that. The traditional definition was if the room had a closet and was not a pass-through to another room. Today, two main things determine a legal bedroom in a home. One, there must be legal egress out of the room, i.e. a window or additional door (other than the main entrance), and two, a heat source. Also to note, if on private septic, there must be a legal system to handle the number of bedrooms listed. Septic systems are sized by the number of bedrooms so if you have four bedrooms in your home but a three-bedroom designed septic you only legally have a three-bedroom home. If you are on public sewer, then your legal bedroom count is determined by the square footage of the property. Different states have different rules on this.

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