As we are slowly acknowledging the new delta variant and the tenuous commerce / construction adaptations in the Westchester county, we are still being sensitive to the psychological mindset of our clients and prospects. (Writing in Fall 2021)

Many residents are spooked and un-nerved by the past pandemic-striken year and not much calmer about the next years’ forecast . So to hedge against income shortfalls or job loss, MANY residents have taken on boarders to supplement their income streams.

Some municipalities allow boarders, this but many don’t. As a member of our city’s planning commission, I can tell you why.

Most of the boarders will be living in rooms that are not compliant with current regulations and codes. For example, many basement rooms that are rented, lack a 2nd means of egress-like a window that a boarder could escape through in the event of a fire. Or the room frequently lack adequate ventilation , which we know can be devastating with air-borne viruses.

Additionally many boarders come as families, and use additional parking spaces, schools and don’t pay their “share” of taxes. This in turn, puts a strain on the municipalities that are hurting for revenue since so many folks are unemployed and consuming more benefits.

Add to this mix the logistics of the home office and home schooling and one has a hot mess of activities under one roof.


Explain What’s happening

1. Speak to your municipality before you take on a boarder. Discuss your boarder-plans with your insurer-many carriers will not honor your claims if you are doing something illegal -even if it has nothing to do with the claim.

2. If you want to see if your house or property can legally take on potential boarders or if you want to make the required modifications before you take on boarders- read this LET’S TALK! 914 980 5532

3. Call us 914 980 5532 to discuss your situation. Been there-done that!

Article by Steven Secon