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Old 06-10-2016, 11:59 AM
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We bought a home 16 years ago, the house had a basement and in the basement was a sink, toilet, kitchen sink and 2 cabinets.We mostly use the basement for family and social gatherings. I put in a freezer which we use for storage. At the time of purchase the owner removed the stove because with the stove it would be considered an apartment. We have'nt done much to the basement since we purchased the home, we painted and added some new linoleum. Anyway someone alerted the county and told them we had illegal tenants in the basement. When the inspector came he stated the toilet and sinks were installed without a permit. We told him they were there when we bought the house. He said he's coming back for a reinspection , but we are lost and don't know what to do. We really don't care about the toilet and sink because we don't use them anyway. Can we just take out the toilet and sink or do we need a permit ..I'm so confused and angry. What are are options and is it worth getting a permit if we don't use the toilet and sink ???
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:40 AM
Location: NY
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I would think that when you bought the house they would have said the toilet and sink were a problem if they were. I know when we bought our house in the Bronx 16 years ago (crazy coincidence!) that our deck was 4 feet longer than it was supposed to be and we had to pay to have the proper paperwork filed.
My understanding is that if the toilet/sink aren't legal, you either have to pay to make them legal (with a permit/fines probably) or you have to remove them.
Best of luck and I hope it's resolved without too much of an issue!
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:32 AM
Location: Tarrytown, NY
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Why did someone think you had illegal tenants in the basement? Do you know who this person is? It's kind of weird.
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Old 06-12-2016, 06:34 PM
Location: Westchester, NY
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I see this ALL the time. I check the city rerecords for my sellers before we list and I constantly find all kinds of interesting things. Almost all of them were already there before the sellers purchased the house. When the issue comes up before they list with me, it takes them by surprise. Although, sometimes they added the "bonuses" themselves. :-)
In the past several years appraisers and the other related fields (title co/attny/municipalities) have become MUCH stricter about making sure what is on c of o /title and tax records all match at closing (or in your case because you were flagged). It sounds like he wanted you to remove the non compliant parts but of course, I can't be sure. If you hired an architect they would check your ceiling heights, check septic vs sewer and a bunch of other things. If the bathroom was to already code they would just have to draw plans and submit to the building department. Fines and approvals would be involved. I'm sorry this is happening to you but Good Luck!
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