I live in Marion county Fl. I took possession of my property after my mothers death 3yrs ago. I have been cited by the Marion co. building dept. for an un-permitted storage shed. The shed was built 7yrs ago. My question is, am I responsible for re-permitting shed and bringing up to code, or should it be grandfathered in since it existed before my purchase of the property.
Your options in this case are: 1) Work with the Marion County authorities to get the shed permitted and into compliance; 2) Tear the shed down; 3) Hire a lawyer and sue everyone in sight. You'll be money ahead if you choose option number 1.
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Even if you are right that you should not be liable, fighting the government is annoying, full of headaches and expensive. Depending on how the county ordinances are written you may be liable for bringing it into compliance anyway.
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