Yes I have seen occupants removed from their home and the homes red tagged because of code violations.
I suggest for your protection to remove this question as many cities and counties have been looking on websites like this and the MLS for mention of code violations to fine homeowners because the government is broke.
I know of one city that had a grand jury investigation because of this, and there may be more cities under investigation for these abuses against the public.
Lets talk or email about this, I have seen worse I won't even put in print.
The buyer will likely have that requirement written in the offer and part of their inspection contingency. If you are leaving the rest of the work to the new buyer, you can have the buyer agree, up front, to sign a waiver or transfer of responsibility. That form will need to be notarized and returned to the code compliance department.
If you are planning to finish the work yourself, you can attempt to obtain after the fact permits once the work is done or obtain permits before hand. You can also call the building department and ask general questions without giving your address for further clarification.
I have clients who are often in your shoes and sell properties that are partially done. The buyer usually assumes responsibility and the seller only has to order the occupancy inspection. I have never had anyone kicked out and I have a good relationship with the City Inspectors and their departments.
Here is a link to the city that may help as well and let me know if you have any other questions:
As stated here, the buyer can waive the city occupancy permit. If you sell to an investor or property flipper they would likely be willing to waive since they will be doing work on the property anyway.
I've never heard of anyone being evicted from their own house do to it being 'under construction' so you should be fine. Please contact me if I can be of any further assistance,
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I have sold or worked on several units in that area and I'm willing to assist you including the listing of your home. Let me know if you need my services.
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If you do have the inspector come through and fail to sell the property you will have alerted them to the issues though
Do you have a Realtor that knows the Pasadena area well? I can certainly walk you through this and explain any potential pitfalls