Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin

Homebuyers shouldn't leave anything to chance. Ask to see the building permits and any certificates of occupancy issued by the local municipality.

Q: I saw your recent column about buying a home that may not have all of the essential permits for perform finished. You remaining out a single calamity that can take place if you don’t make certain a suitable allow was acquired.

You, the new house owner, can be responsible for perform carried out with out a allow such as tearing down the function. It took place to us 15 years following we moved in. The county sued us, insurance did not shell out nearly anything, and it charge us a fortune for remedial operate and attorney’s costs.

A: You are proper, of program and what a lousy way to find out that lesson.

A home that has experienced significant enhancements without the need of permits can be a huge headache for a subsequent consumer. We guess that a prior operator of your residence should have created an addition to the house, with no submitting for the vital permits. It really is really regrettable that you did not know about that and that it really is been so expensive for you.