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Old 03-28-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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Hi all,

I am considering buying a house in Denver that was built in 1900. It has both a mother-in-law (basement) suite and an accessory dwelling unit (garage to apartment conversion), and I am trying to figure out what would need to be done to ensure that I could legally rent those units out to non-relatives.

I spoke with the zoning office, who confirmed that is zoned to be able to legally have multiple units (GMU5) I have pulled the existing permit history from both from the Records Office and the Library back to 1915. The current owner cannot provide much history on the place, but it looks like some of the renovation work may have been done in the 50's and 60's - and all records from that era were accidentally destroyed by the Records Office. The original Certificate of Occupancy was also issued prior to records being kept in Denver.

The basement and garage both have relatively new looking appliances and gas lines, which I can't find record of a permit for. Garage also has a newish looking water heater, forced air system and electrical. Do I need to call the office of building inspections to see if they have anything on file? See if inspectors would issue an "As-Is" permit? Swap out the gas appliance for electrical and call it good to go?

Also, has anyone heard of Denver slapping new owners with fines/penalties for unpermitted work performed by previous owners? Any ideas, experiences, or suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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Hi all,

I am considering buying a house in Denver that was built in 1900. It has both a mother-in-law (basement) suite and an accessory dwelling unit (garage to apartment conversion), and I am trying to figure out what would need to be done to ensure that I could legally rent those units out to non-relatives.

I spoke with the zoning office, who confirmed that is zoned to be able to legally have multiple units (GMU5) I have pulled the existing permit history from both from the Records Office and the Library back to 1915. The current owner cannot provide much history on the place, but it looks like some of the renovation work may have been done in the 50's and 60's - and all records from that era were accidentally destroyed by the Records Office. The original Certificate of Occupancy was also issued prior to records being kept in Denver.

The basement and garage both have relatively new looking appliances and gas lines, which I can't find record of a permit for. Garage also has a newish looking water heater, forced air system and electrical. Do I need to call the office of building inspections to see if they have anything on file? See if inspectors would issue an "As-Is" permit? Swap out the gas appliance for electrical and call it good to go?

Also, has anyone heard of Denver slapping new owners with fines/penalties for unpermitted work performed by previous owners? Any ideas, experiences, or suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Not overly familiar with Denver but had a similar situation in another front range city and looked up the rental license and property tax assessment. The property had been assessed as multifamily and there was a rental license so the building department had to back off on their claims of unpermitted work.
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Will you be living in the main house? If so, you can just rent to them as shared tenants of a house.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:00 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Think, before you leap

Hire an expert.
Don't ask us.
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:15 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses so far! I will be living in the main house.

As for hiring an expert; definitely open to that. But who would I talk to about this sort of thing? Zoning/Permitting already said they couldn't really help me determine legal status, so I am just trying to get an idea as to where to start.

And Eddy, looking into the Denver Rental License Application process now, thanks!
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