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Old 08-26-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Im trying to refinance my house and the city shows the house as having 1 bathroom but it really has 2. Nothing has changed since i bought the place, so at some point in the last 50 years there has been a bathroom added. What is usually entailed in getting the bathroom on paper? Im assuming i would have to get a plumbing permit, but how is it inspected. Would i need to rip down drywall?

i realize this is going to be different in every jurisdiction and only my counties planning department will be able to answer the question, but its after hours and i can't talk to anyone right now, So i guess what im asking, how is this handled in YOUR area?

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Well, since the work is 50 years old, you can't get a permit.

I'd tell the town that there records are wrong. Or just leave it as is.

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Well, since the work is 50 years old, you can't get a permit.

I'd tell the town that there records are wrong. Or just leave it as is.
looking at the plumbing, i can tell its not original, early 90s maybe. I can't leave it as is because i want refinance





i called the tax assessor and told them their records are wrong and they changed it, no permits, no inspections, no thing...........that was a lot easier than i thought
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looking at the plumbing, i can tell its not original, early 90s maybe. I can't leave it as is because i want refinance
why is your re-fi affected?
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why is your re-fi affected?

if the records don't match reality it means someone has done some unpermitted work at some point or another. Ive heard most lenders don't care as long as the work is "in workman like manner." This lender apparently cares. Unpermitted work kills the deal. Ive heard sometimes they will just take whatever room off the appraisal price, this one wouldn't. It was a deal breaker
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But you said that the County amended their records, but you also said that you can't can't leave the bath as is.
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But you said that the County amended their records, but you also said that you can't can't leave the bath as is.
Right, I had to get it taken care of. It is now taken care of and the refi is back on track
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Sometimes the county notifies the building department. You might get some visitors.

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