How difficult is it to get an un-permitted second floor permitted after the fact?

Asked by Miamore, Los Angeles, CA Tue Aug 5, 2008

We're considering purchasing a house in Long Beach that has an entire second floor that is unpermitted. What can I do?

I've called the city and found out that the current owner paid for a permit in March the permit expires in September. However the work has been completely done and there were no inspections.

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David Krecker, Landlord, Whittier, CA
Wed Aug 6, 2008
I am also a state licensed appraiser and can advise you how we do it on sales and financing. I've handled these situations many time. Send me your email and address your considering and I will advise you
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Dyanna, , California
Tue Aug 5, 2008
You won't know how much the cost really is until you have the city come out and inspect the property. Permits for the most part range from $4 up to hundreds of dollars but sometimes having permits gives you property hundreds of thousands in value.
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Sj209, Both Buyer And Seller, California
Tue Aug 5, 2008
It can be very expensive to obtain permits after the fact. Portions of the construction will likely need to be removed to allow for visual inspections. Assuming the inspections pass (don't assume that - it is very likely some or most of the work will need to be redone) you will be left with the cost of the permits (considerable) and repair labor/materials. Other homeowners fly under the radar and play cat and mouse, never making any repairs or filing permits but in the end it usually catches up with them through a sale, neighbor complaint, prospective buyer files a report, etc.
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