Best of Luck,
Maria E. Cipollone
If they have an inspection and decide not to purchase your home due to whatever was found in that inspection, you will be required to disclose as material fact because now you know it.
Have them take it as is and ieave it be.
Knowing that it is not permitted, they most likely will have you open up walls to certify plumbing and/or electrical and then could look at building codes not only the room, but as it may apply in other areas of the home as well. They could possiblyt ask that the room be taken down.
My advice would be to tell them to buy the property As-Is and then look at having it inspected after the fact.
For examlpe, the City of Compton California requires a PRE-SALE inspection on all rpoerties. The cost of the inspection is due and payable by the seller. If the city determines there are unpermitted additions they can insist the addition be brought up to code and permitted, or they may say the addition has to be demolished. Other cities have followed this example. My advice to you is to please check with your city to find out what they require/allow.
Best of luck to you!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
If the buyers want to have the city inspect the space after the house is theirs that will be their decision. As long as you have clearly disclosed that the room was created without a permit and is not included in the advertized living space for the house. Insist that this buyer or any other buyer take the house with the space â€œas isâ€.
"They want to have city come and inspect and ask what they can do to get the permits. Does this set us up for trouble with the city?"
Sure does and I agree with the "AS IS" comments as well.
Furthermore, assuming you are using the most recent version of the standard CAR Residential Purchase Agreement, Para 10A (last sentence), states,
"Without Sellerâ€™s prior written consent, Buyer shall neither make nor cause to be made: (i) invasive or destructive Buyer Investigations; or (ii) inspections by any governmental building or zoning inspector or government employee, unless required by Law."
Best of luck! â€“Steve
Did you change the FOOTPRINT of the house; did you expand the foundation?
Did you add walls; building above the Gargage?
It sounds like the answer is NO to both.
It sounds like you just improved a room that was already there.
From what I know, you should be Okay; Just don't make a big deal about it to anyone.
Good luck and may God bless
If the city determines you are unable to keep your craft room, you will have to pay for a demo permit and have it removed.
Not sure if you need to allow the city to come into your home if you don't want them. It doesn't sound like a deal breaker if the city doesn't approve. Worst I can tell is the city might want it back to original form.
I have seen these issues pop up every now and again over my 28 years selling real estate and each situation is different. As long as you have properly disclosed the fact that that space was done without permits and the buyer has accepted that and the appraiser or lender are not requiring permits then I personally would not allow city inspectors to inspect this space should the buyer wish this space to be inspected they can do so after they own the property but again I only say this only if the buyers knew this space was inpermitted prior to having their offer accepted. Good luck
In addition, the City will then not allow you to do anything going forward until it is properly permitted. Part if this is for City fee's of course, but to the greater extent it is done to ensure it is safe for those that live in the home.
My recommendatiion would be to have the buyers take it As-Is, go through that permit process or take it down and return it to its original state.
Hope that helps.