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Anybody know if there is a legal definition of what constitutes a bedroom in PA? If so, what is it?

Specifically, the house in question has stairs leading up the 2nd floor, where there is an open space, that is about 11'x11' (plus or minus).  From this space, you can access two bedrooms and one bathroom, each separated from the space by a door.  The space has a window, but no door of its own.  Would it be considered a bedroom or not?

Can't seem to find a good definition or consensus anywhere online of what constitutes a bedroom.  Perhaps it's b/c there isn't a legal definition, but thought I'd see if anybody here knows.

(p.s. There was no category that this question fit in, so I put it under Home Selling/Pricing, since I'm guessing the number of bedrooms in a house is a factor in determining a price for the house).

  • August 12 2013 - Brackenridge
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Call The Sisters - Thank you so much for the info!!!

  • August 13 2013
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As a PA Realtor a room technically can only be considered a bedroom if it has a closet, a window which allows an adult to exit without infringement.  Every sleeping room must have two exits.

Bedrooms in a basement usually do not qualify.  A walk through bedroom is not a bedroom.
  • August 12 2013
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Right now, the county assessor has it listed as a bedroom.  It is certainly a large enough space for a bedroom (or some other use besides just a passage way).  However, there's no reasonable expectation of privacy, given the lack of its own door, so personally I don't think it can be considered a bedroom.  But I can't seem to find much information online regarding this situation. 

Thank you for your input!

  • August 12 2013
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Usually county assessors and appraisers look for a door separating the room from other rooms/hall, a closet and a second means of egress (such as the window).  The Closet requirement may vary depending on the age of the house.     If the area is a passage way for the other two bedrooms, I wouldn't call it a bedroom.  It is not a separate room.

Does your county assessor call it a bedroom? 

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