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Housing Standards

In order to protect the health, safety, and well-being of the occupants of housing and the general public the Maynard Board of Health inspects all housing complaints under Chapter II of the State Sanitary Code, Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation.

The Board of Health does not provide legal assistance and will only advise with regards to the housing standards. For legal advice please contact legal services.

 

Questions and Answers

What is the square footage requirement for a bedroom?
In a dwelling unit, every room occupied for sleeping purposes by one occupant shall contain at least 70 square feet of floor space; every room occupied for sleeping purposes by more than one occupant shall contain at least 50 square feet of floor space for each occupant.

How many people can reside in one apartment?
It depends on the square footage of the apartment. Every dwelling unit shall contain at least 150 square feet of floor space for its first occupant, and at least 100 square feet of floor space for each additional occupant, the floor space to be calculated on the basis of total habitable room area.

Are there temperature requirements for apartments?
Yes. The owner shall provide heat in every habitable room and in every room containing a toilet, shower, or bathtub to at least 68 degrees F between 7:00a.m. and 11:00p.m. and at least 64 degrees F between 11:01p.m. and 6:59a.m.

Is there a time of year that the owner must provide heat?
Yes. Heat must be provided every day other than during the period from June 15th to September 15th, both inclusive.

 

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