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We are building a true screened porch. Screened from floor to ceiling. Screened from wall to wall. It was built at the level of the family room off the back of the house. One builder said this was against code because water and snow melt in upstate New York could potentially leak into the family room and we would not be covered by insurance. Possibly our insurance carry might cancel our home owners insurance. Another builder said we could build this way. what is the truth?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Fairport New York

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Yes. All the required permit work. The drawings were very sketchy though.

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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago
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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I already Knew to go to the Perinton Town Codes Office. I thought you would have more specific information. I was wrong. Think this site is a scam.
Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Sorry. I will opt out. Perhaps another expert will have more specific information for you.

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If the builder is satisfied that it is withing code specs. and the building permits were issued by the Town, what more "specific information" do you think you need. Before you build it, you can invite a representative of the insurance company to review the plans and tell you what their position will be. There might be a code requirement that that slab has to slightly slope away from the house.

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