Asked by David Chou, Cambridge, MA • Sun Mar 23, 2014
I had recently looked at a property in Lincoln Park and seriously considered buying, but never could settle on the value of the roof rights in this special case. The roof is built to support a deck, but due to only one stairway (and it is not feasible to add another, even externally), a legal permit cannot be obtained.
Buyer's agent said I could put one up myself and this is supposed to have value, but I wonder on the real resale value (not that I'd sell soon, but I wouldn't want to be a fool).
Tried contacting reputable contractors about building a deck, none of them would touch the project b/c of the permit and liability.
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