What Pre-sale Inspection?

Gone are the days where a seller could make non-permitted modifications to his condo unit at Brittan Heights and then sell his home to a buyer without the HOA learning anything about it. Anytime there is a sale in Brittan Heights, there has always been a requirement that the HOA signoff on the transaction. However, what is new is that the management company for Brittan Heights also performs a visual inspection of the interior to determine whether the seller is conforming to the HOA’s rules.

While it would be a rare instance for the HOA to deny the property closing escrow on time, it could still impact the seller because the HOA would notify the potential buyer that they could be liable for repairs to bring the home into compliance with the HOA rules. Since this is a new rule, there may be future sellers out there who are not even aware that they are noncompliant. For this reason, I highly recommend that anyone thinking about selling get this presale inspection done as far ahead of time as possible. This will allow you time to make any repairs you deem necessary or at least to ask for a variance from the HOA board which only meets once per month.

6 comments

  • Amanda – I was just about to add a new post about this subject – the pre-sale inspection is now gone. I think it became a liability issue for the HOA.

  • Hi Mark, this came up in conversation recently and someone asked the question of how the HOA would be able to contact the future buyers to warn them of the responsibility? I was curious too, are prospective buyer’s contact information disclosed to the HOA before a sale is final? Thanks!

  • Very interesting. I purchased my condo in 2012 and don’t remember being aware of any HOA visual inspection. Thanks for the info.

  • Amanda, the rule has been is place for a few years now. Not many owners are aware of it and they only tend to find out about when they go to sale their place. This is why I recommend homeowners get the inspection way early. This way you might have time to get the board to meet and vote on the particular remodeling violation. As you know, the board only meets once a month, and if something needs to be fixed and re-approved, then you will need to wait for the next meeting – you could be into the process for two months. Moral of the story, either get approval for your remodeling or leave plenty of time to potentially fix what the board doesn’t approve. Of course, you could also sell your condo for less and find a buyer that will take on the risk.

  • When was this new rule voted on? As a home owner I wish we had been made aware that a rule like this was being proposed. It could have a major impact on a homeowners ability to sell. :-/

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