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    Phinney is offline Junior Member
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    The city says they condemned my house, what can i do?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?
    North Carolina

    I recently purchased a house to fix up and live in

    I bought it six months ago and have been consistently making repairs and upgrades to it with my own time and money.
    I got an electrical and a rennovation permit for the repairs through the county. Everything was OK for about 4 months and then one day i got a notice saying my permits had been revoked because the county had made a mistake.

    This month the city came out and disconnected the electric and water from the house, and immediately afterwards told me that since the house has no utilities, that the house is uninhabitable.

    Yesterday there was a notice on my door that said "condemned". And a police officer advised me that if i entered the house he would arrest me.

    All structural repairs have been already done, there are floors in every room and most of the plumbing is done.

    Isnt there a process to go through to condemn a house? Dont they need to inspect it first or something? Are they allowed to just slap a sticker on my door without telling me (I wasnt at the house) and then arrest me for walking in the door?

    Looking for some good advice here, had to send the wife and baby over to stay with family until i fix this.
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    justalayman is offline Senior Member
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    it sounds like you were inhabiting the property after the utilities were disconnected.

    condemned does not mean the house must be razed. It is that is it uninhabitable. If you bring the necessary elements up to code and obtain a certificate of occupancy, you can then live in the home.


    I got an electrical and a rennovation permit for the repairs through the county. Everything was OK for about 4 months and then one day i got a notice saying my permits had been revoked because the county had made a mistake.
    what was the mistake?

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