QuestionsCategory: QuestionsImplications of lots of non-permitted work in a house purchase/sale [closed]
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Looking at houses, we have found one that has been completely redone (footings to rafters in many places) but without permits for the most part. The original house was from 1908, it was redone and added onto in the 1970s, and the current owner redid nearly everything in the 2000s-2010s. I know the owner so I'm not personally worried about the work (he also had plumbers/electricians out for work outside his expertise).

We really would like the house, but I'm worried about the future implications of trying to sell a house with lots of un-permitted work. Has anyone had experience with this type of situation? Here are some sub-questions related to things I'm most concerned about, but any related experience is welcome.

  1. Are there any legal implications with a lot of un-permitted work on a home?
  2. If I want to ger a permit for work I want to do on the home, will there be complications?