Buying a home is a significant investment, and ensuring you’re getting what you paid for is essential. Due diligence includes checking that any work done on the property was permitted and is up to code.
Often, previous owners have done work without obtaining the necessary permits. Unpermitted work can cause significant headaches for a new homeowner, especially if the work is unsafe or needs improvements to meet current code requirements.
Let’s explore the legal implications of unpermitted work done by the previous owner, including whether you are required to fix the work and what you can do about it. And if you need legal advice, contact our Chicago building permit attorneys at 1818 today.
Unpermitted work refers to any construction, renovation, or alteration done without obtaining the required permits from the local building department. These permits are essential because they ensure the work is up to code and meets safety requirements.
Common examples of unpermitted work include:
If a previous owner did any of this work without obtaining the necessary permits, you are responsible for it.
Yes. Usually, lawyers say, “It depends,” but in this case, you now own the property, and it is your responsibility to keep it up to code. If the building inspector comes to the property and finds a building violation, the current owner is responsible for fines and fixing all building violations.
Unpermitted work done by a previous owner can lead to fines and penalties from the local building department. It can also cause insurance issues if the work causes damage or injury, potentially resulting in your insurance company refusing to cover claims.
Fixing sloppy or unpermitted work can cost a substantial amount of money, be sure to have 1818 review your real estate contract to see if there are any legal options to recover the expenses from the seller or another party.
While unpermitted work done by the previous owner can be frustrating, it’s essential to take the necessary steps to fix it to avoid future legal and financial issues.
Contact us today to discuss your options.
The information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. You should not make a decision whether or not to contact an attorney based upon the information in this blog post. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. If you require legal advice, please consult with an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.
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