What could happen to someone if they bought a condemned house and rented it out?
My family has lived in a house for about a year I just found out that was condemned, and bought for $500 in 2011. Not much work has been done to it. I've been there before, and I swear, the floors feel like they might give way...
- NosehairLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
The owner will certainly claim to have made improvements / repairs so the house could be rented. They would probably lose that argument but you would be in an awkward position while that decision is being debated. I believe you could, however, leave based on the condemned status of the property even with a lease. Just state the condition of the house is unacceptable which is a breach of the lease agreement. Also include that withholding of ANY deposits will force you into court where the condemned status of the house will be your primary defense and make it clear the rental was illegal.
- STEVEN FLv 72 months ago
Legally, you can be sentenced to jail just for allowing anyone to step foot in a condemned building unless they are making repairs, or are inspecting on behalf of the government.
- SlickterpLv 72 months ago
Just because it was condemned then doesn't mean they can't fix it up and have it be OK and then rent it out. How much they paid for it is entirely irrelevant.
What you need to find out is if the owner has a certificate of occupancy, meaning people can actually live there. If they do not, they will need to refund all the rent.
- martinLv 72 months ago
The landlord who receives money for renting a condemned house has broken the law and is subject to fines and imprisonment.
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- Godless GazooLv 72 months ago
You have to bring it up to code first. You'll get shut down by the city. The utilities won't turn them on. If you rented it they would sue you.
There's a lot that would happen.