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The home built 1947 full...
The home built 1947 full basement, downstairs bedrooms finish and egress windows,
low ceilings bathroom finish , completed before 1993 by prior home owner. There was
no permit done. I lived in house 13 years then rented. Now Iam selling and the city
gets involved not to code. what course of action. They want walls tore down, this
isnt fair. I have comply with all the plumbing code and passed.
Robert Duell
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I am very sorry to learn of this situation. Unfortunately, the building code rules are not flexible. The best solution I can suggest to you, short of complying with the code compliance, is to retain a local property law attorney and applying for a variance - I cannot promise that such a variance would be approved (these are discretionary and they depend heavily on who is in charge - so you really will want an attorney with experience working with these agencies and familiarity with the individuals - as well as experience in drafting and presenting your administrative application for a variance, and guiding it through this process (it is a multi-step process, involving review by multiple individuals and panels boards, with strict deadlines, so having a lawyer is to your benefit)).
You can find local attorneys using the State and local Bar Association directories, or private directories such as www.AVVO.com; www.FindLaw.com; or www.Martindale.com (I personally find www.AVVO.com to be the most user friendly).
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