Unpermitted in-law - will it haunt us?
We are interested in buying a house with a “bonus” cottage in back in the Richmond/el sobrante Area . The former owner was a contractor and we are pretty sure the cottage is unpermitted. The home inspector says the place looks great and is very well built. We would be interested in trying to make it legal but worry that it is too close to the main house to qualify. If we buy this house will we be forever haunted by its unpermitted status? What if the roof needs replacing or we need anything else done to the house, will those items require permits and get us in trouble for the cottage? We would consider tearing it down but worry the cost would be prohibitive and what a waste, we both have out of state parents who would love a place to stay while visiting the grandkids. I guess I’m just wondering a few things. Has anyone successfully made their illegal inlaw legal even if it was too close to the main house or property line? Has anyone been able to have quality work done on their home without having other unpermitted work or structures dinged? Has anyone had to tear down a backyard cottage- if so, how much did it cost?