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Old 04-29-2011, 12:49 PM
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I want to purchase a house but the seller has made a few modifications that I did not know needed permits. I did not ask him if they were legal when we inspected the house and I'm fairly sure that the contract (which we haven't signed and discussed with our lawyer yet) states "Seller does not represent that the aforementioned improvements are legal".

Can I require that the seller file and legalize any renovations he's made? Can I go ahead and purchase the home and get the proper permits to legalize it after?

An example of improvements he's made are:
1. deck in the backyard (about 6" off the ground, so it's not an elevated deck)
2. balcony/deck off 2nd floor bedroom (this is right above the house - so it's not hanging/protruding or anything)
3. carport
4. pond

We will go discuss this with our lawyer - but just wanted to hear thoughts on this or if anyone has gone through anything similar.
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:28 PM
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Do not go through with the purchase unless the seller comes to the closing with an updated c/o and a survey that shows the carport and pond.The seller doesn't have to clear anything if he finds a buyer foolish enough to take the property as is with no representations.Do not be that buyer or any problems will become yours.Put the right stipulations in the contract and if he won't agree,walk away and find a cleaner deal.
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