I am considering buying an existing restaurant which has been in business for 25 years. Obviously the codes have changed significantly, but the restaurant is under the “grandfather law umbrella”. Do “grandfather” rights transfer to the new buyer or will I have to deal with the new codes accordingly? Thanks!!!
It depends on the codes whether aspects of the restaurant are grandfathered to the old codes. There is no such thing as the "grandfather law umbrella". A restaurant or any other business should not be getting legal advice on a general question and answer forum. Hire an attorney to evaluate the business' rights.
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Typically, if you do not change anything, you will not trigger required code upgrades. However, you need to hire a consultant to review the existing conditions and any plans BEFORE you buy the restaurant.
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