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You’ve Been Cited with a Building Code Violation. Now What?

You’ve Been Cited with a Building Code Violation. Now What?

Getting a notice of a code violation is not fun, you will likely have to make repairs to your home and also pay a fine to the government.  Faulty pipes, broken steps, and other problems can result in a time-consuming and expensive hassle.  While many people can hire a contractor, most do not want to study and understand the legal ins and outs of administrative hearings.

Unless you bring your property up to code, the government is likely to inspect your property and fine you over and over again.

If you’ve been cited with a building code violation, it is essential to take immediate action.

Your first step is to hire an experienced administrative law attorney to deal with the local government whether it be the City of Chicago or a small village in McHenry.  With the right attorney on your side, you can focus on your property and not on the legal nuisances.

The second step is to make the necessary repairs on your property immediately. It is important not to wait until after your administrative hearing to begin repair work on your property. Property owners can do a lot toward mitigating the legal and financial penalties of a building code violation by demonstrating to the administrative law judge that the problem has already been corrected.

Even if you can’t afford to fix everything, beginning the needed work will help. STOP.  ONLY hire a contractor to do the work if they will pull permits and do everything to code, let’s not create more issues.

Some of the most common reasons a property is cited for a building code violation include crumbling and unsafe porches, broken masonry, obstructed entryways and exits, malfunctioning smoke detectors and exit signs, and making improvements without a permit.

If you got a notice of violation, call an attorney today.


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.

Author Bio

Jordan Matyas is a lawyer, lobbyist, and Founder of 1818 Legal, an Illinois professional licensing defense law firm he created in 2014. With more than 18 years of experience practicing law, he represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including professional license defense, administrative law, land use and zoning, and state, local, and municipal law.

Jordan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois — Chicago School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association. 

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