Locating Previous Permits/Inspections?

Asked by Josh, San Diego, CA Mon Feb 23, 2009

How can i find previous permits/inspections issued for a property i am interested in? (roofing, termites,etc.)

I would like to know if the roofing was done by a licensed contractor and when? I would also like to know when the last termite inspections was completed for a specific property? (5113 Choc Cliff Dr. Bonita, CA)

(I appreciate everyones help)

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John Stacy, Agent, Chula Vista, CA
Tue Feb 23, 2010
Hi Josh,

The MLS is showing this property is currently a "Contingent" short sale (more than likely the seller has approved the buyer's offer and is waiting for final lender approval).

Regarding permits, you can go to the city/county department of planning/records and verify the history of any permits and additions. The termite inspection/clearance tags are usually found attached to the garage wall showing the company/technician and date of the last inspection and/or when the clearance was issued.

Since this is a short sale, the owner of the property should be providing the buyer with full disclosures. The TDS (transfer disclosure statements) from the seller should show if they have any knowledge of any improvements, repairs etc... and the condition of the property to the best of their knowledge.

In addition, you should always due your own due diligence and have a home inspection performed. If you feel the need, you can always have the roof inspected by a licensed contractor (at your expense) before removing your contingencies and completing the transaction. You might want to wait having the inspections done until you get the lender(s) written approval, because there isn't any guarantee that the short sale will be approved.

FYI... This home has been sold three times within the last 9 years: 9/20/04, 05/09/02 and 12/15/01. I hope this helps...

With Kind Regards,
John Stacy

Realtor, CDPE
Bank Owned and Short Sale Specialist
Weichert Realtors Elite
619.892.2985 cell
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Greer Swiston, Agent, Newton, MA
Mon Feb 23, 2009
In most communities, you simply go to your town/city's planning department and they should have it on record. In this day and age, you may even be able to check online if that city has loaded all their files on line.
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