Moermond: so we don’t know if new walls are fire rated, those types of things.
Hurst: when you walk in there is a small vestibule that goes upstairs, and into the first
floor where I life. Dan was caught off guard when he saw that work done.
Moermond: I think that is an accurate assessment. Looking at the permit history on
this there appeared to be a plumbing permit pulled to do 3 bathrooms and 3 kitchens,
an electrical permit was pulled that doesn’t list anything beyond ‘updates’. It doesn’t
say for triplex under electrical code.
Hurst: I think they brought in 200 amp service. The circuit breaker is in a room in the
basement that everyone has access too. I expect they just increased the amperage. I
don’t know that though, unfortunately.
Moermond: we have a warm air permit with a note—
Hurst: there was an issue with the exhaust, the chimney, he had to put metal in so
the carbon monoxide didn’t leak out.
Moermond: a flue vent.
Hurst: for transparency, I have MSP coming Thursday to replace the old boiler and
put in a high efficiency boiler, which will give me a thermostat in both floor one and 2.
Moermond: are there three units or two?
Hurst: I have folks living in the second floor now. I live in the first floor. The basement
isn’t occupied. In an ideal world I’d love to rent all three, I need it to be a two unit to
keep living here. It is too much space for just me and my dog.
Moermond: I don’t know what was done to make that second unit happen. I don’t
know who did it. You’re in the same boat. It looks like from the City’s side there was a
building permit application in 2020 from Nova Homes and they were going to do the
conversion to the triplex, it was a $25,000 estimate for the work. That included egress
windows in the basement and the fire separations. They were asked for additional
information from the City as part of the application process, which is normal, but for
whatever reason they didn’t provide that additional information and instead withdrew
the application for the building permit. That could have been because the owner didn’t
have the information to give them; we don’t know why, but it was. Something
happened between that application was done and when you bought it.
We’re trying to figure out what to do with that and I’m thinking you need someone
with some credential to look at the property and evaluate what needs to happen to
make it a legal duplex or triplex. It could be they could test or open some walls to
figure out what needs to be done and then an application can be made to do or certify
the work already done. I think we need to start with where we are at now, that would
be with you finding someone to look it over. Architects do this type of work; I also
know there are contractors out there who do this. We would call this a code analysis.
The contractor needs to show what changes are necessary to get from being a
single-family home to a triplex and then apply to do those things.
Hurst: a third-party contractor comes to tell me what meets your code? Instead of
having somebody from the City tell me what I need to do?
Moermond: it would be part of a building permit application; the City is not going to
come and take apart the walls and try and sort out what was done by someone. We
know it was a single-family home and now it is being used as a duplex but we don’t
know what changes are made and the City isn’t in the business of dissecting that. A