Selling a flip with city POS violations - advice needed

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In the Cleveland suburb market we have to deal with point of sale inspections from the city as I know other flippers are used to. Normally I like to deliver a house 100% compliant so the buyers can move right in without assuming any city violations.

We are getting ready to list a house right now that we cannot make violation free because the front steps leading to the front door need to be rebuilt with bricks/masonry. We purchased the house in winter and we built wooden steps to make it safe/operable and because the weather wouldn't allow us to do masonry right now. The city of Cleveland Heights requires you to replace everything with what was there before so they wont allow the wooden steps.

What is the best way to work this out in the sale? Should we just tell the buyer they have to assume the front step violation or can we write in the contract that we will build them when the weather permits this spring? The house will be very desirable because everything is new but I dont want this to turn buyers off.

We have dealt with that situation by getting and estimate from a reliable contractor and escrowing the repair funds for the buyer to use to pay once the work can be done. The key is to make sure the buyer and seller sign off on the escrow release. The buyer will have to assume the POS from the city.

We are dealing with the exact same situation in the Heights over some brick work that can’t be done until spring.

Good luck,

Thanks for the tip!

Originally posted by @Lincoln Coverdale :

We have dealt with that situation by getting and estimate from a reliable contractor and escrowing the repair funds for the buyer to use to pay once the work can be done. The key is to make sure the buyer and seller sign off on the escrow release. The buyer will have to assume the POS from the city.

We are dealing with the exact same situation in the Heights over some brick work that can’t be done until spring.

Good luck,