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“My Basement is 3 inches short of the requirement for a certificate of occupancy”

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“Dear PoPville,

I just purchased a home in DC with a finished basement complete with kitchen and full bathroom. Unfortunately, the ceilings in the basement are 6’9″ tall, which means they fall 3 inches short of the requirement for a certificate of occupancy. Do any of your readers have suggestions on how I could monetize this space? For example, is there any way I could come up with the 3 inches without completely ripping up my foundation? If I removed the stove, could the space count as a separate bedroom (a stairway connects the basement to the main floor) with ceilings that are 6’9″? Could I rent the space out to a professional, such as an accountant, lawyer, tutor, etc.? Any suggestions on how to monetize this space would be most welcome.”

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