We are putting an offer on an older home that had additions added in the 80''s. We cannot find permits for any work done. Are these then illegal? Will they have to be removed?
First check with your county building dept, to find the original set of plans, then you'll be able find out what's going on, then move forward from there.
No, Unlikely. It will show up on the survey. The township will probably send over a building inspector to see if the addition was built to code and if it's safe. If it was built correctly you should have no problems, if it wasn't built correctly you may have to modify the structure to be within code compliance. After you receive the paperwork from the town you will then get a tax increase on your property if it was not previously filed, they tax you for additional living space and they much rather you pay them extra then have you tare it down. 90% of the time things are built right. if you have a contractor friend that does home inspections, walk through the addition to make sure it was built properly. This happens all the time. Negotiate a better price with the seller if they can not find the paper work.
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