Illegal addition
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Illegal addition (by Henry Barnard [MI]) May 14, 2018 5:53 PM
       Illegal addition (by NE [PA]) May 14, 2018 6:05 PM
       Illegal addition (by Vee [OH]) May 14, 2018 6:42 PM
       Illegal addition (by Robert J [CA]) May 14, 2018 7:28 PM
       Illegal addition (by fred [CA]) May 14, 2018 8:58 PM
       Illegal addition (by cjo'h [CT]) May 14, 2018 9:37 PM
       Illegal addition (by S i d [MO]) May 15, 2018 5:23 AM
       Illegal addition (by RB [MI]) May 15, 2018 6:42 AM
       Illegal addition (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) May 15, 2018 9:25 AM
       Illegal addition (by cjo'h [CT]) May 15, 2018 10:07 AM
       Illegal addition (by cjo'h [CT]) May 16, 2018 1:34 PM

Illegal addition (by Henry Barnard [MI]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 5:53 PM

My tenants built an addition onto my home. City came by and sent me a violation that the addition is not up to code and must be torn down. I have been getting estimates from demolition crews. $3,500-4,500. Tenants been there for 10 years. What should I do?

Illegal addition (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 6:05 PM

Kick them out and sue them.

Pay closer attention next time.

Illegal addition (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 6:42 PM

Have the tenants follow the city rules, complain to the manager for not reporting this during the last few 6 month inspections, if tenant flees maybe you can use the materials to fix something else...

Illegal addition (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 7:28 PM

As a contractor working for landlords, I've gotten calls about a parking garage being converted into a living space without permits. The owner of this apartment complex and the tenant that converted their garage into a studio apartment could not come to terms.

So they got a neutral party, me an expert on construction and codes to have a look and make suggestions.

I came up with three choices:

1) Tear down the illegal modifications and put back the garage the way it was.

2) Complete the garage conversion to code with permits and a certificate of occupancy.

3) Do the minimum work to allow the garage conversion to stay, but not as a living area but as an office.

The owner and tenant decided to allow the garage to be converted to a "home" office and put a carport outside to replace the lost garage parking space. Then when the tenant moved, I completed the original design allowing the space as a "guest area" with a sink, shower and toilet. --47.156.xx.xx

Illegal addition (by fred [CA]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 8:58 PM

Do you have a clause in your lease forbidding the tenant of making alterations and/or additions to the property?

If yes, then evict and sue for the cost of demolishing. You will get a judgement. Collection will be something else. Don't ignore the city's deadline to demolish.

If no, write it in your next leases and meet the city's deadline, and keep the materials as mentioned.

Illegal addition (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: May 14, 2018 9:37 PM

Henry talk to the building dept a d find out how can you take it up to code,tearing it down,seems drastic.if you don't get any satisfaction,talk to some of the local politicians,A contribution to the right one,this is America,land of opportunity! Nothing is impossible........................charlie............................................................go for don't have to talk to us again................... --174.199.x.xx

Illegal addition (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 15, 2018 5:23 AM

Do you ever drive by your properties? If they've done this to the OUTside, imagine what the INside looks like... (wink)

Get over there with a contractor and find out what needs to be done to get it up to code. If it costs less than $4000, consider bringing it up to code vs. tearing it down. They MAY have made your property more valuable...or not.

Regardless, give notice you are non-renew their lease immediately. If they show this much contempt for someone elses' house to build onto it without asking first, it's only going to get worse.

Illegal addition (by RB [MI]) Posted on: May 15, 2018 6:42 AM

Congratulations !

I think I know who is gonna win

the Landlord of the Year, in Michigan. --47.35.xx.xx

Illegal addition (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 15, 2018 9:25 AM

There is no understanding tenants. They don't have the energy to clean the toilet or wash the windows, but they can come up with the time, energy, and money to build an illegal additional onto a property that they don't own.

I'd see if there was some way to bring it up to code, but I would not be surprised if it can't be. Foundation wrong, too close to property line,lots of things where it is too late to fix it.

Illegal addition (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: May 15, 2018 10:07 AM

I own s building lot in Cape Coral, I read in a newspaper,where someone built s house on a lot they didn't own.Wish someone would do that on my lot,ain't that lucky...............charlie...........................................might win the Powerball too.......................................... --174.199.x.xx

Illegal addition (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: May 16, 2018 1:34 PM

When you line the right pocket,you'll be ok...........or the right attorney................charlie................all is not lost....................

.................... --174.199.x.xx

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