It's all about disclosure! If you know of a code violation and fail to disclose it to the buyer there could be legal issues down the road.
But to keep it simple and just stick to your question...no, you do not have to address or repair the code items.
No you do not have to bring the home up to code, nor do you have know the various code requirements. The only exception to this rule is you must strap the water heater to code and you must install all required smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to code. Your local and state code requirements may vary in these areas. In such cases, the more restrictive code requirement should be followed. Lastly, you must disclose any known code problems in your Transfer Disclosure Statement when selling your home. I hope this answers your question.
I wouldn't think so, maybe WV is different. Codes get changed and interpreted differently by different inspectors. Home inspectors are generally aware of building codes, but they are not code enforcers. If there are safety or health issues, they should be addressed. I have railings in my house that are not up to code. When I bought the house I knew they were too far apart and a child's head could fit through them. We had no problem buying the house and will be changing this when we rebuild the deck.
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