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By Jon Kolsky | Agent in Long Beach, CA

Buying a Home-Code Violation-Unpermitted Modification

Buying a Home-Code Violation-Unpermitted Modification

Buying a home with City code violations- Not only will you find older homes that have City code violations, even new homes can have City code violations; builders are human too and sometimes fall short of meeting all the City codes.

First off- City codes continually change, and building and zoning codes evolve and improve- new home must comply with the new codes! Chances are with homes that are a few years or more, it will have some “code Violations.” But as long as the home was built to code and is legally permitted by the City, the home is not required to make any changes.

If the home has been modified or remodeled it must have the proper permits for it, but if it was remodeled without permits and not done to code, that’s a problem, and that will need to be addressed. However, if a homeowner choses to put their home on the market and has done work that’s not to code, and is not permitted, you need to call them –out on that!

Generally you will find homes will have some small code violations, usually not a problem to manage and are no biggies. But any work that's been done and is unpermitted is a big problem. If there’s been a room conversion or any additions done, you need to make sure the work was permitted by the city.

You really need to be able to distinguish between, “code violations” and “unpermitted work.” If you buy a home that has unpermitted work, you inherit the problem. Sometimes bringing unpermitted violations up to code can be very expensive, you want to be very careful.  

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