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Bedroom Definition and Policy

For listings flagged as having an inaccurate bedroom count, we will investigate to ensure they’re following bedroom definition requirements as outlined per the NYC Administrative Code. If a bedroom does not meet all necessary requirements, StreetEasy reserves the right to update the listing and notify the listing agent and/or brokerage of the change. 

For your information, below are the requirements for a bedroom per NYC Administrative Code § 27-2004, -2076, -2058; and MDL § 1-4-18:

  • Definition: A bedroom is a living room used for sleeping purposes.
  • Size requirements: Generally, a bedroom must have minimum dimensions of 8 x 8 x 8. A bedroom must also have a minimum floor space of 80 sq feet, and must be six feet wide at its narrowest part. However, if the apartment contains three or more bedrooms, half of the bedrooms may have minimum dimensions of 7 x 7 x 7.
  • Lighting Requirements: All bedrooms must have at least one window that opens to a street, yard, or court on the same lot. The window may also open to a balcony that opens on a street, yard, or court. The total area of the windows in the room must at least be one-tenth the floor area of the room. All required windows must be at least twelve square feet in area.
  • A room may not be counted as a bedroom if an occupant must pass through it to reach other parts of the apartment.
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