Are you working with a Realtor on the purchase of this home? If not, reach out to me, and I would be happy to guide you through this purchase.
Avery Garrett, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Kaiser
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Inquire at the county office what the process if to bring records up to date. It has been my experience in FL that a fee is paid, inspection by county completed and everything is 'good to go.'....and as Avery pointed out, the real purpose become clear....taxes go up.
However, when governing authorities are invited into the home, this could start a process of significant distress. They could clear the basement easily but that water feature in the back yard can cause the house to be 'red' flagged. This investigation into the back yard exposes the firewood under the blue tarp is also a county violation, and that shed looks permanate instead of mobile aind temporary...and yet anohter issue.
It all about tax revenue.
Make your decison according to what you value and is important to those you hold dear. Hire an inspectore to evaluate the quality of these imporvements.
I've looked sellers straight in the eyes and asked, "Do you want that 2nd kitchen to disappear? I can assure it will be GONE when you do your final walk through. Sign here."
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor FL
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