In the city of Chicago, building code violations are filed as administrative (at 400 W. Superior) or as civil at (at the Daley Center). Certain violations follow the property, others follow the owner. Building code violation fines follow the owner. You should have an attorney look into the violations to limit your exposure. If a prospective buyer is willing to step into court and assume responsibility, most judges or ALJs will allow you time to remediate before re-inspecting. Good luck.
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Read David Hanna's response. That may not be the answer you want to hear, but that is the correct answer. If you buy that home, NO ONE can tell what the final disposition of those building code violations and fines are going to be. If you take title to that property those violations and fines are going to be your responsibility. Reading your previous posts, I don't think you are in a financial position to assume such a risk.
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Depending on the nature of the violation, and whether or not there is a loan, you may find the sale cannot be completed without funds being set aside for repairs, permits being pulled and getting title insurance will be a problem.
If you understand the risk, you can make a decision about whether or not this is a good investment, but don't assume the fines will not fall on you even after the violations are fixed.
What is the violation? Generally speaking, the City of Chicago (or any municipality) has very little to gain forgiving a violation based on good intent. Violations will be transferred with the address and will be on the property until they have been properly cleared. The process for clearing the violation can vary widely based on the violation, which court is hearing the case, which City Department is handling the violation, etc.
More information is needed to give you good advice.
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