Sometimes you have to build a wall... or you won't get a certificate of occupancy. That's the case with one of the homes I'm helping out with as the Project Coordinator for Tivoli Custom Homes in Minot North Dakota. Of course this was not a surprise to us as we knew this to be the case before we broke ground on the home.
This happens to be at our model home at 9 11th Ave NE, Minot ND where my office is located. I've been kind of secure in knowing I would not have to move my office for a while because without the certificate of occupancy we could not sell our model home. Now I better start packing.
I can not emphasis enough how important a certificate of occupancy is. If you are a buyer looking at fixer uppers or brand new homes and you are working with a competent Realtor you probably don't need to worry about this as your Realtor should know if the home is City approved for occupancy. If you are dealing with a FSBO and you are not represented by a professional you may want to check with the authorities as to if the home is occupiable.
Many homes in the Minot area were adversely affected by the flood in 2011 and sustained substantial foundation problems. Regretfully not everyone is honest and you may encounter a FSBO seller who neglects to mention that the house has been declared unoccupiable by the City. Looking at the house you know it needs fixing up but you may not be aware that the damage necessitates the approval of the City before you attempt to fix things. Contact the City and see if it a certificate of occupancy is obtainable for the home before you invest your hard earned money into a project such as this.
WARD COUNTY NOTARY SERVICES
ROBERT L. TIMM, OWNER
201 Main Street South, Suite 116
Minot North Dakota 58701
Call or text 701-720-8513