DEAR BARRY: The home I just bought has a workshop that was converted to a studio apartment, but no one told me that the conversion was not permitted. Now the city wants me to convert it back. I used all my money to buy the property and can’t afford the construction costs. No one disclosed this to me: not my home inspector, the appraiser, the seller, or the agent. Do I have any recourse? –Norman
DEAR NORMAN: Let’s run through the list of suspects:
1. The home inspector, if he was sharp and experienced, should have advised you to consult the building department to verify permits for the conversion.