In today’s world of the “new” rental market, the tenants almost always require ungrades to the property. Be sure that you understand the difference of remodeling and in our seminars we have legal counsel that explains this in detail. Don’t make the mistakes that will cost you later.
Construction that has been added to the property since it was built is typically referred to as non-original construction.
- minor construction (e.g., a newer or different sink than original, a new toilet, etc.);
- moderate construction (e.g., a new roof cover, or siding, etc.);
- large construction projects or renovations (e.g., finishing a basement, adding on an addition in the back or side, renovating the kitchen or bathrooms, etc.).
Typically, the more extensive the work, the more noticeable that it is non-original construction.
Unpermitted construction may be considered “illegal” by the municipality.
The concern with non-original construction is that building permits might not have been obtained from the local municipality. If the construction has not been permitted or not received final approval, it may be considered “illegal” or “unapproved” work.
If building permits were not obtained, it may mean applying for a permit for the work and/or making sure it receives final approval. In many municipalities an owner need not take out a permit on items that are not considered significant (e.g., replacingFirst, evaluate whether or not a municipality requires a permit for the specific non-original work.
If the municipality would have required a permit for the work, check to see if any permits were taken out at the time you estimate the non-original work was done.If no permit was taken out, or a permit was taken out but not finaled, there is still work to be done.g a drain pipe under a sink, etc.
Feel free to set a time to speak with me and I am happy to refer you to the correct referral partners to walk you through the process.
Linda Gerchick, CCIM