Additions come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they? I sure have come across some interesting ones in the Sacramento area. Here are a few common reasons why an addition is NOT considered living area.
- Illegally built (no permits).
- Shoddy workmanship.
- No heat source.
- Permits were never finaled.
- Does not conform with the rest of the house (like the photo).
- Does not meet zoning requirements (ie.. code allows 1 unit, but there are 2 units)
- There is an obvious code issue such as 4 ft ceilings throughout.
- It’s not really an addition of living area, but an enclosed patio, a glorified shed or partition in the garage…
Keep in mind that Tax Records may indicate your house has a large living area (or building area) that even includes the addition, but that does not necessarily mean the area is legitimate living space. It only means the Assessor is taxing you based on the information in their files. The definitive word on the legality of an addition should come from the local building and/or planning department.
What would you add to the list?