Showing posts with label lot line window. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lot line window. Show all posts

Jul 20, 2014

Q & A | What are Lot Line Windows?

732 West End Avenue
Adjacent 736 West End Avenue lot line windows sealed off
Q: What are lot line windows? 
732 West End Avenue
Adjacent 736 West End Avenue lot line windows
A:  "A lot line window” is a window that is built on a side of a building that shares a boundary line with a neighboring property.  If the adjacent building is built up to or higher than this window, then the lot line window will likely need to be sealed off.  For this reason, lot line windows are not counted towards light and ventilation requirements. 

In condominiums and cooperatives, the offering plan will generally indicate whether there are any lot line windows in the building, and if so, which apartments may be adversely affected by the lot line windows.

Review Offering Plan, "Special Risks" section to determine if Lot Line windows are present.

If a building has lot line windows, it can be very difficult to determine the probability of whether the lot line windows will actually be sealed off.  Signs indicating that an adjacent property may be developed (i.e. vacant, adjoining lots or a rental building) could increase the probability that a lot line window may be sealed off.  An architect or attorney who specializes in zoning and land use should be consulted.

Aug 17, 2013

NYC Legal Bedrooms and Lot Line Windows

New York City Legal Bedrooms and Lot Line Windows

Q: What is a legal bedroom?

A: It must have light and ventilation. Must have a window overlooking a street or garden. Lot line Windows do not count. Lot line windows are windows on sides of building that might be blocked by construction next door.
A legal bedroom can't serve as dining room or passage to another room. If a windowed room is called "office" it is a red flag that the room does not have the required light and ventilation to be considered a bedroom. It's a lot line window.

Q: What are lot line windows? 

A window existing on the wall of a building that is on or in close proximity to the interior or side property lines of a building.

If adjacent property owner constructs a building that blocks the lot line window, that window will likely have to be closed if it's within 30 feet of the lot line window.

Review Offering Plan, "Special Risks" section to determine if Lot Line windows are present.

related posts:
What is A Room in NYC Apartments
New York City Apartment Terminology A to Z
New York City Building Terminology


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