From the Forum: When the Certificate of Occupancy Doesn’t Match the Sales Description

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    Potential homeowners have discovered that the brownstone they are in contract on was misrepresented as a two family with a garden rental. Their architect dug up the certificate of occupancy and discovered that it lists the top floor as the rental unit.

    They are not comfortable that they were lied to repeatedly when they asked about the configuration. Should anyone be held accountable for misrepresenting the property? Could this create any financing problems or make renovations problematic down the road?


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