Visited a house in Santa Clara county where a garage has been converted into bedroom without permits. I took a private tour as I was completely foxed on how they can squeeze 4 BD in such a small space. Turned out that the owner has converted the garage into a bedroom. Makes sense as 2 Bedrooms were rather small and are not really real bedrooms. Master BD was ok.
Just came to know that the addition was done without permits.
I have seen minor cosmetic updates done without permits but this one is structural and I was wondering what are buyers risks in such case.
Also if the buyer decides to obtain permits later what would it the buyer.
Normally, county/city will not give permit for the unpermited areas/modification. Remember, county/city are government agencies, if additions/remodel without permit will be considered illegal ! It stays as bonus room as it is or you can convert back into garage.
You can get it permitted after you buy it. There’s a process for itwhere you petition the city. The city can be jerks and force other updates as part of it depending on how significant the work is. You may get forced to upgrade to connected smoke detectors if the house doesn’t already have them.
No new garage was built. No space for it. Its a closed lot hemmed on two sides by SFRs. The Garage door stays as such. You can’t figure out by looking at the house elevation that the Garage has been replaced.
During 2008, I bought an REO in which garage was converted into room and old owner sublet that room. I paid few thousands to reconvert to garage, it is Simple work for me. I did not get permit, but engaged proper handyman and electrician to make sure that garage is in code and safe.