I have seen certain towns that perfrom an inspection.. electric, gas and plumbing. I have seen inspectors just pull a few sockets and check wiring and such.. but I have also seen inspectors actually open walls and tiles to see the that the work was up to code. Then there is the payment for the actual permits and then a fine. Some fines I have seen up $3000 and as little as $500.
I would call the township construction dept and say you are looking at a house for sale and want to know what would happen if the owner put in a kitchen and bath on thier own... you will then get a good response.
Not trying to scare you.. but that is what I have seen myself.
At some point the town will most likely find out about the work completed without permits. When you sell, the buyer may uncover this, or a CO inspector may research prior permits.
Although none of us can provide you a heads up about what to expect, all of us agree that sooner vs. later is a better strategy.
Call me and I will give you my perspeictive on asseseents.
Formerly from Belllevlle, but jnot sure I will be helpful
Francesca Parizio, Realtor, ePrp
P..S. did you, me or your wife graduate together?
Belleville was recently reassessed within the last few years. Wasn't your house part of that reassessment? Was your bathroom and kitchen in the basement done at the time of reassessment or did you do it after? If it was, you should have been "caught" by the town back then. In any event and quite honestly if you did not get permits I'm certain they will object. As far as penalty, it could be as simple as fines, costs of permit and/or they may demand the kitchen and bathroom be removed.
You should really call the town or go to town hall and straighten it out.
Prudential New Jersey Properties
Livingston Regional Office
973-992-6363 ext 116 office
Can't comment on the specifics of what will be required or what penalties may be involved from your town specifically.
Good luck and best,
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