I was filing a notice of violation this afternoon, and found this excerpt from a letter in the depths of the property owner’s file:
Please be advised that this office has determined that an unauthorized basement apartment exists in the ranch-style dwelling located on the subject property. This condition represents a direct violation of Township zoning regulations classifying this home as a single-family structure. There exists no record that conversion to a two-family home has been approved.
In fact, I recall several conversations with Mr. XX XXXXXX and a subsequent inspection of this same dwelling in July, 1990, concerning his desire to create a mother/daughter unit in the basement. He was made aware that the unit could be utilized by family members, however, rental of said apartment would necessitate approval of a “d” variance by the Board of Adjustment. An application package was provided for this purpose. Now, it has been brought to my attention that a gentleman resides in the basement while a non-related family rents the remainder of the dwelling.
I love that last sentence. In my mind’s eye I picture a tuxedo’ed gent sipping brandy sitting on his leather barcalounger with a tophat and cane on the settee next to him. Awesome.