Usually the seller is responsible the certificate of occupancy, but in short sales and "as is" sales, the buyer is usually required to obtain the CO.
Now, make sure your Realtor has all the necessary information to complete this task. You should not be "on your own" here, but by you asking the question I am feeling that you have not be advised of what to do. If you do get involved in a property where the buyer (you) are responsible for the CO.. turn to your Realtor immediately and say, You will take care of this for me yes? since you are helping me and I will need your guidance with obtaining the correct information and scheduling.
Orange Key Realty
You are very welcome. It's always nice to know, and have acknowledged, when our answers help someone. Doing your homework is always a good thing but as Realtors it's also OUR job to explain the process when you actively decide to start looking at homes, so there are (relatively) no surprises along the say.
If you are thinking about the Middlesex county area, northern Monmouth County or Somerset county, when you are ready to start your home search, and have not already chosen a Realtor, feel free to call me and I will be happy to explain the basics from the start.
Best of luck,
That being said, you really need to speak to your Realtor who can advise and guide you. This type of information should have been explained the minute you went to see any house where the listings says "as is" and/or buyer responsible for...."ANYTHING" ...that the sellers would normally be required to do.
The Co is the Certificate of Occupancy which is issued after the Township's inspection. Usually the Seller obtains the CO, but in short sales and "as is" sales, the Buyer is usually required to obtain the CO.
Hope that helps!
Good Luck to you!
A c/o inspection may be as easy as a state fire inspection, showing that you have the correct fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors. However, some towns are very strict in issuing c/o's and will have a more thorough inspection. Those are the ones as a buyer that can cost you a lot of money.
If you ever run across a property you want to buy that is "buyer to obtain c/o" just go to the municipality and see what is involved before you sign on the dotted line. They can usually give you a pre-inspection checklist so that you know what to expect.