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Author:  M. Maierovits
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Date:  3/9/2005 2:58:00 PM
Subject:  Yichud
Message:  An elderly widow lives in a large house by herself. She has a granddaughter (age 17) who sleeps in the house every night so that the widow won't have to sleep in the house alone. The widow sleeps in the master bedroom on the main floor. The granddaughter sleeps in a guest bedroom on the main floor. The house has a self-contained basement apartment which was at one time rented out to a tenant but is currently vacant. The basement apartment has a separate entrance to the outdoors. There is a door separating the basement apartment from the rest of the house. The door has a lock which can be used to prevent the tenant from gaining access to the house. The door separating the basement apartment from the rest of the house is left unlocked because there is currently no tenant occupying the basement apartment. The widow wishes to have her grandson (age 14) sleep in the basement apartment. The grandson and the granddaughter are first cousins (their repective fathers are brothers). The widow is in the house at all times. May the grandson sleep in the basement apartment even though the granddaughter is sleeping in the guest bedroom on the main floor? Does the answer change if the widow keeps the door separating the basement apartment from the balance of the house locked?
   
Reply:  No, unless the door separating the basement apartment from the balance of the house is locked from both sides.
(On a personal note, from my experiences, I wouldn't advise this setup.)
CYA

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