10:50 AM 12/14/2011
We are considering a 2-family house in Brooklyn built in 1920 that has a C of O from 1958 that lists it as a legal 2-family. The CofO specifically lists the ground floor as common area, 1st floor as one apartment and 2nd floor as another apartment. Owner says that it has always been used with an apartment on the ground floor and the top two floors as a duplex. Our lawyer checked with a title company and they seem not to care. Is this a big issue or not? The engineer's report said the house had to be in the EXACT same configuration. Would we need to get an architect and file for a new C of O? Could we get a Letter of No Objection instead? Can we just do nothing and consider it a legal 2-family house as-is?