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Best way to sell home with unpermitted upgrades

You don't have to reduce price or endure lawsuit
Published on Jun 5, 2007

Dear Barry, We installed a new electric service panel on our home, intending to get a permit after other improvements were done. All work was eventually completed, and we never did get the permit, but everything was done to code by contractors. Now we want to sell the home. Can we simply disclose the improvements and hope that buyers don't talk to the building department about permits? If we get caught, can we continue the sale at a lower price? And could the city fine us for not getting a permit? --John Dear John, Your perspective as a seller is misguided and inappropriate. Your concern should be with ethical options, not legal ones. Instead of asking what you can get away with and what consequences will ensue if your getaway is unsuccessful, you should be asking, "What's the best thing for us to do in our current compromised position?" So let's focus on the answer to that question. The only acceptable posture for a seller is one of complete, unconditional disclosure, as y...

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