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Am I Responsible for CODE VIOLATIONS done by the previous homeowner?

Asked by, Miami, FL Sat Mar 24, 2012

YES! The building code's primary purpose is Life Safety of the owner and the public so violations must be corrected regardless of who performed or contracted the work. Even though the local Building Department may not have violations on file they may be cited upon inspection of sale or Certificate of Occupancy with the current owner becoming immediately responsible for the violations.

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Steven Epste…, Agent, Coral Gables, FL
Sun Mar 25, 2012
Yes you are and there are companies that specialize in correcting these issues. They are very loca to the State & County where the property is situated so be sure to check into your professionals before hiring any.
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Cynthia da…, Agent, Miami, FL
Sun Mar 25, 2012
YES. Whatever you inherit when you purchase the property is your responsibility. Lots of buyers don't care as they want the extra income from illegal efficiencies etc, but that can become an expensive citation very fast, and in these days where cities/counties are strapped for cash due to lower tax revenue....they are aggressive in finding and citing.
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Hans Klemm, Agent, MIAMI, FL
Sun Mar 25, 2012
Yes you are entirely.
You had the opportunity when purchasing to check the property.
If you did not do so, whoever is in the land is responsible now.
This is another reason why you need a Real Estate professional.
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Kevin Clouti…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Sat Mar 24, 2012
Yes, I believe you are. Did you use a realtor? Did they check for you as they should have ?
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