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Old 11-08-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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There is a house in the Town of Hempstead that I'm interested in purchasing. My lawyer has suggested that I go to the Building department to request a copy of the files for the house to check about some CO issues and possibly obtain the survey.

Has anyone ever done this before? Is it a straightforward process? Any advice on how to save time?

Thanks.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:06 AM
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There is a house in the Town of Hempstead that I'm interested in purchasing. My lawyer has suggested that I go to the Building department to request a copy of the files for the house to check about some CO issues and possibly obtain the survey.

Has anyone ever done this before? Is it a straightforward process? Any advice on how to save time?

Thanks.
Wow, I wish I had your lawyer back in 1998. This is a very good idea. I believe this is public information. You may have to fill out a form to get access to the file but I don't think it's a big deal. Just go to the building department and explain your situation. You'll probably still have to get an updated survey if you decide to go ahead and buy the house. Any survey in the file is likely quite old. Anyway, kudos to your lawyer and good luck to you!
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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SHould be easy enough. Other option is to ask the realtor to have the sellers provide copies of the COs in question.

Like GPC, wish I'd had your lawyer back in '97.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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basically go down there with the section, block and lot number, first you go to the Real Estate section and get a "physical description". take the physical description to the people accross the way and ask them for the file. There may be a fee involved if you're pulling documents that are very old from the stacks, but in the grand scheme of things its minimal.

as long as you play nice wth them they will help you out.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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basically go down there with the section, block and lot number, first you go to the Real Estate section and get a "physical description". take the physical description to the people accross the way and ask them for the file. There may be a fee involved if you're pulling documents that are very old from the stacks, but in the grand scheme of things its minimal.

as long as you play nice wth them they will help you out.
Thanks Chris. It looks like the fee is $25 according to the lady I spoke to.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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I have a CO for an extension shell built in 1974. Before I sold my home, I needed a CO for the finished extension. as per the TOH. There is a clothes washer in the room. Do I need plumbing permit and an electrical permit in order to get a CO?
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