Your question appeared in the Glendale section of Q & A of Trulia. If you are interested in buying in Glendale, please be aware that the city of Glendale is very active in requiring people to have a property to code. If a neighbor has complained, you might be required to restore the house to the information recorded on the Assessors books.
Surrounding areas are not as agressive, so beware and check your permits.
Please call me if you need help.
Dilbeck Real Estate
303 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Ste. L-110
Burbank, CA 91502
It is always best in the long run to get these issues resolved due to problems that can occur in the future, and also for insurance purposes.
Another word if it was built not to code it would probably not be worth keeping it if it was then it may be an asset.
ICC 'private' code inspector.
Glendale Zoning Maps and Code: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/maps.asp
License & Permits: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/permits.asp
I hope the information/links will help you.
Everyone is spot on w/ their answers but each case varies. Like Keith said, if you're purchasing by obtaining an FHA loan then you're probably going to have road blocks ahead of you. If your not and your getting a traditional loan then your experience can be as simple as the city never finding out. Many times the city might make you just get the permits to have it on record rather than tearing it down; but, since things are slow and inspectors don't have as much work, you should expect a city inspector coming out to the house. Usually, it's a neighbor who's the first to make a formal complaint. Uanfortunately there is no one answer but you should expect the worst. See the citys web link for further information.
Yes they can demand that the constrution be removed. There is also the possibility that they will require the addition be "brought up to curent code". Quite a bit will depend upon the city you are in, and the zoning requirements in that particular city.
I would 1st check with the building department. I have seen quite a few non-permitted additions get as built permits if they are built to code & zoning allows it.
There are a couple of issues here:
First, when purchasing a home, particularly with FHA financing, unpermitted work is going to cause a big problem. We have had illegal garage conversions make properties ineligible for FHA financing.
Second, IF the city of Glendale finds out, they can make the owner bring the property to code. There was a property last year that had an unpermitted garage conversion that included a full bath and kitchen removed prior to sale.
To find out what is and is not permitted, contact the Dept. of Building and Safety and has jurisdiction for the area and ask for copies of the building permits.
2356 Pacheco Dr San Jose, CA 95133
Some cities require a compete tear down, others will allow the additions to stay providing the new owner brings the construction up to code.
Best of Luck to You,
Kawain Payne, Realtor
1- Yes you can be ordered to tear it down...
2- Yes a conversion can be built legally if built correctly.
3- Prior signing a purchase contract get a ICC code inspector he will give you an idea of corrections needed.
4. Property will not qualify for FHA financing.
Your La Broker for Life!
1- Yes you can be ordered to tear it down...if the city finds out.
2- yes a conversion can be built legally if built correctly.
3- A 2 car port/over hang must take the place of the garage.
4- If you need the space prior so signing get a private ICC code inspector he will give you an idea of corrections and see if you are able to fit a car port.
Anthony R. Perez