Asked by Iulian Ionescu, Clifton, NJ • Thu Dec 18, 2008
We have the following situation: the seller made obvious improvements to the house, but we have yet to receive any proof that these improvements were made to code. The seller insists that we perform the home inspection and obtain a mortgage commitment before they provide us a certificate of occupancy from the city. This seems counter-intuitive to me because I would expect a CO prior to jumping through hoops to obtaining a mortgage commitment and performing a home inspection at our expense. We already know that there are some improvements for which permits cannot be obtained and will need to be remedied by seller. So this makes us question all other improvements. So, the question is: is it reasonable for us to request a CO prior to the completion of attorney review?
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