A good resource is permitreport.com They will collect all of the permits for you and email them to you for 59.99
Good luck to you,
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We would agree with the group in general. This is a problem that is best referred to the local authorities. Permit and code violation fall out can vary from one community to another. It's best to go directly to the authorities for insight on this concern.
The "Eckler Team"
Are you buying through an agent? Your aent will be able to answer your questions. If you need an agent, I will be glad to help. I live in Warren County and am very familiar with local codes. I have a client who has a very similiar situation in Washington Twp.
Once you purchase the home, you purchase EVERYTHING, including outstanding permits, and work done without permits. The tax assessor will drop by shortly after your purchase and take a tour of the property. If there is a basement that has been finished and he didn't know about it, your taxes will go up! Please email me and I'll be happy to hepl. firstname.lastname@example.org
They would at least require you to get and pay for permits and do any work required to make it meet code.
The assessor would re evaluate the house and that could affect the taxes. (In this case you lost a garage and gained living space so it might be a wash).
Call the construction in the township and ask them. At some point they WILL find out.
I had a similar situation last year where the seller had finished the attic. We included provision in the contract requiring the seller have it inspected and reassessed and put a cap on how much the tax could be increased.
AND, the seller did it.
This is an EXTREMELY common situation. Unfortunately.
Paul Howard Broker
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Paul Howard, Broker
Bottom line: No permit, no purchase.