If you are buying a condo, ask the seller if he or she pulled building permits for any work done.
If you don’t, you run serious risk.
For example, what if the electrical wiring was not done up to code and suddenly the building burns down? Ooops.
Or, what if your seller put an addition on the back of the house (or condo) and the town’s building inspector is driving by, is having a bad day, sees the addition, and tells you to tear it down? Ooops.
Both things can, and do, happen.
There is at least one remedy – you can get an “as-built” permit – an after-the-fact permit that says it passes code.
Or, just pay off the inspector. That can work, too.
More: Agent’s bad advice on radon (second item) – By Barry Stone, Inman News, by way of The Boston Globe
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