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Code Inspections Before Closing!

One more reason to use a real estate professional when looking at property - is that multi-family approved or not?

I just read a case in Illinois where sellers had been delayed from closing on their homes because the city had not inspected the homes for code violations. Yep, there is a new local law in that town that says the town inspector has to pass on the property before it can close. I understand the idea, but the application seems arbitrary.

This local ordinance applies to current sales. That means that if you own a property, you can't sell it unless you resolve all the code issues that may have been there, unidentified, when you bought it.  It seems by the case papers that there may have been a goal of causing un-permitted multi-family dwellings to stop operating. 

In any event, the idea that town government will now make current owners responsible for past, tolerated or overlooked code issues, will be a problem for many owners. I could see enforcing new construction or renovation projects to come into compliance, but policing retroactively based on a sale appears to be pretty far reaching.

One more reason to use a real estate professional when looking at property - is that multi-family approved or not?

Here's a link to the case: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/data2/circs/7th/091681p.pdf

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