Asked by Arther Williams, Portland, OR • Thu Jan 31, 2013
I have owned a 1920 home in Portland for 9 years that was a real "fixer". I have made numerous updates to it over the years with proper permits
When I bought the home one area of concern was a 12x25 addition that was attached to the back of the home. There was a definitive "slant" to this part of the house. I had the home inspected by a professional recommended to me by my agent. He signed off on the house as being in good shape, but said he could not verify the condition of the "addition" as he could not access this area. (there was an access door under deck)
I bought the home later to find post & pier construction on bare dirt, with extensive dry rot.
This summer I worked with my uncle to tear out all of the supports, jacked the house up, poured a foundation, built a stem wall, added 6 large beams, new support wall, anchors, everything. No permit.
Question: What happens if I fail to disclose? Can I go back on the previous owner for failing to disclose if I am forced to permit now?
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