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Whose responsibility is it to bring a property that is for sale up to code in Rhode Island ?

Who checks on it to see that it is up to code?  Who Pays for it?
  • December 26 2013 - Barrington
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The answer would have to be, that depends.  It really depends on the code.  If its something that was done during a recent remodel it needs to be to code at that time.  If you see something out of code and the seller doesn't want to fix it, you can ask for a reduction in price after the inspection.  The bottom line is that, if you are unsure, hire a professional home inspector and buyers agent to help you negotiate. An experienced buyers agent costs you nothing and can save you thousands.
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Thank you very much for some great answers! 
  • December 26 2013
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With rare exceptions, a home needs to meet the codes of the time when it was built and not 2013 codes.   If the house has been remodeled, certain types of remodeling needs to meet the code of the date of the remodel (make sure all additions etc were permitted with the permits closed out).     Exceptions?  An example would be fire alarms and CO alarms.


Do you have a specific concern?    Who is responsible - it depends.


  • December 26 2013
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All homes do not have to be up to the newest codes all the time. If additions or modifications are done with, a permit, the issues should be made to code, but if you sell an old home some things are grandfathered and don't always have to be made to current code.

As with any situation, the home owner is responsible. If the home is being bought or sold anything can be negotiable to either party as long as everyone agrees.


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  • December 26 2013
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It's the buyer's responsibility to determine if there is a code violation that bothers them. Hire a licensed inspector.

It is the buyer's responsibility to negotiate with the seller if there is an issue that is unsatisfactory. Hire a good real estate agent who can negotiate.

There is no obligation on the part of the seller to fix anything.

The issues are resolved in the price that is finally agreed upon by both the buyer and the seller.
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