Hello. I can across a listing for a property that notes the property has been improperly converted into a triplex. In doing some research I came across an approved zoning variance from 1950 where the property was approved to be converted to 3 units. It appears that the city’s online records may be incorrect and that the seller is unaware that, at least in the past, the property was at one time a legal triplex. This seems to present an opportunity. Has anyone ever been in this situation? How likely is the local government to honor a 70 year old variance?
@Peter Zoltowski , first things first, you should talk with someone in the town P&Z office to find out the whole story. Was the variance acted upon? If so, why do town records still show a duplex? If this was just a paperwork SNAFU, you might be okay. But I doubt the town will let you act now on a 70-year-old variance.
If you find out that the property is a legal triplex, keep that to yourself and make an aggressive offer.
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