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Michelle, Home Buyer in Florida

what are code violations?

Asked by Michelle, Florida Sat Mar 7, 2009

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This is a question more people should be asking as a principal of an Architectural and Construction firm we are faced with this question daily. So, you are not alone. Essentially, a code violation is an action placed against the property for work performed without permits. Most of the time what this means for you is that you just need to know what and how severe the violation is. A licensed General Contractor can evaluate the costs of these violations and can be used as a bargaining tool to purchase the property at a lower cost. As a matter of discussion, I have assisted many of my clients and the reduction helped pay for a heed percentage of their home renovation after purchasing the property. Sometimes it is a win win. But be sure that if any structural damage and electrical violations be thoroughly analyzed.

Most code enforcement officers will be accommodating in resolving these violations but keep in mind that their job in in the business of identifying these practices and at time other things will uncover itself. So, you are best once the report has been written, have your Architect, Engineer or General Contractor do the talking. Code enforcement officers will tend to work a little different with these professionals as any unfair treatment will be delt with at a higher level.

Finally, a very high percentage of code violations are the direct result of an unlicensed contractor and millions of dollars are lost in the Dade & Broward County areas so you should be protected. And, when tackling on a project like this make sure that your contractor is licensed and insured. Also, the license holders name and license number should be imprinted on every page of the contract as well as a copy of the contractors license.

Good luck with your home purchase and if you have any question please free to call me at 305-776-8921. Scavuzzo & Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Construction
http://www.scavuzzoassoc.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 26, 2011
Code violations can effect you when buying or selling property. The city can require you to correct any and all violations. It is important to ask when buying if all upgrades where done to code. You can check to see if permits were issued and check to see if any permits remain open on the property. Some cities require a re-occupancy certifiacte to check for violations, such as additions of apartments.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 29, 2009
Code Violations are a number of items: Unpermitted improvements to a home or building structure, incorrect installations of electric or plumbing, incorrect or unallowable architectual improvements. Please see the link to Miami Dade Building Division for some information about code violations in your area. Thanks.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 7, 2009
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