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In Answer to your concerns, the Town cannot require you to do or complete any work since you neither initiated any work, nor did you request the issuance of any permit for any work to be done. More importantly, no work was done, nor any permits issued while you owned the property in question. But, the most important fact in this entire picture is that the Township issued a Certificate of Occupancy when you purchased the property. Had there been any problem whatsoever, the Township should have had any of the previous owners correct the problems before allowing them to transfer title to the property to anyone. The Township does not have the authority to compel you to correct or finish any work for which a previous owner took out a Permit.
Whether or not it is legal for the Township to issue a Certificate of Occupancy where there exists an open Permit depends on on the nature of the work, the amount of work actually done and the amount of work that is left to be done in order to complete the job that was started. If the work left to be done was very minor so that it does not present a danger to an inhabitant, a Township is permitted to issue a "Conditional Certificate of Occupancy, or a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy so that a purchaser can go to closing where no danger is posed to any inhabitant of the property but in these instances, the Township should follow up with the individual doing the work to see that it is completed so that a final Certificate of Occupancy is issued. If previous owners had work done on the property while they still owned it, but either they or the Township did not follow through to have a final inspection and assure that a Certificate of Occupancy was issued, the Township cannot require you to correct the mistakes of previous owners,
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