I live in a building that consists of one bedroom apartments that have been (illegally?) Subdivided into two units each sharing a kitchen and bath. As a one bedroom unit, it would meet the building code mandate of 150 square ft for firsf occupant and 100 ft for an additional occupant. IT DOES NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT AS TWO UNITS.if i am right can i sie for rentpaid on an illegal apt? As all descriptions online describe a building with a particular number of apartments and not TWICE the number as actually rented, i suspect a bait and switch game is played on the inspectors. The SECOND unit is far below the 150 ft requirement for first occupant under the denver building code sec 22-27.
First, call 3-1-1 in Denver for help with landlord/tenant issues. Whoever answers should know the answers to your questions based on applicable rules in Denver or may refer you to another part of the Denver government.
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A good place to start, even if you don’t live in Denver, for answers to questions about landlord/tenant issues is the City of Denver Residential Landlord Tenant Guide and the guide to Renter Rights and Responsibilities published by the Apartment Association of Metro Denver, part of the Colorado Apartment Association. There is no charge for these publications. Neither is a substitute for advice from an attorney.
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