Sellers face conversion of illegal unit

5 issues dictate whether fix is required

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DEAR BERNICE: We purchased our home a number of years ago. The previous owner converted the garage to mother-in-law quarters without a permit. It has a stove, refrigerator and a separate bath. Our agent is telling us that we have to convert it back to a garage. Is this really necessary? –Wanda B.

DEAR WANDA: This is a very difficult situation. The answer to your question is "maybe." Please investigate the following issues.