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In NYS is firewall required between garage and house

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Looking at a raised ranch built in 1968 where the one car garage wall was removed so it connects to the laundry area and exit to backyard. There is a wall and a door to gain access to the house, but not a firewall. We called the village anonymously and they said these houses never had firewalls and due to age it was grandfathered in and not required, yet the home inspection says it is a must?
asked in Car Garage by doubled (120 points)
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Hi Doubled,
 
Well, the home inspector usually provides recommendations based on the latest adopted building code in a given area, not on one that was enforced at the time the particular building was constructed.
 
It is a safety issue and it would be wise to update the structure, however, if the village does not require such improvements it would be difficult to force any seller to make them. Unless they are desperate to sell their property they may simply refuse to give you a credit or upgrade the structure.
 
You can check the recent NYS building code (fire wall related section) here - http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/st/ny/st/b200v10/st_ny_st_b200v10_7_sec001.htm
Sometimes I get errors on links from that page and a pup-up, just close it and try again.
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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