Does Ohio law prevent selling of a property with code violations?

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I have a property under contract  to be sold with code violations that's in the courts and the Judge is preventing me from selling the property. I'm trying to understand how can the Judge do this when the city (Toledo, OH) auctions off properties with code violations, and on the demo list to the public all of the time and in most cases does not release the information and put the responsibility on the buyer to do their due diligence. The buyer is aware in my case and has shown proof of funds to buy the property and do the work but the Judge still denied the transaction. What makes this case even more so strange is that I acquired the property for a annual city auction and haven't had ownership of the property a full year yet. I'm trying my best to understand this and see what's my options.... any input is greatly appreciated!

I bought a duplex in Columbus last year with several code violations, and people were squatting in it.

No one cares, especially if it’s unoccupied. The code enforcement officer said they don’t care what violations you have inside as long as it’s uninhabited.

Originally posted by @Paul Parker :

I have a property under contract  to be sold with code violations that's in the courts and the Judge is preventing me from selling the property. I'm trying to understand how can the Judge do this when the city (Toledo, OH) auctions off properties with code violations, and on the demo list to the public all of the time and in most cases does not release the information and put the responsibility on the buyer to do their due diligence. The buyer is aware in my case and has shown proof of funds to buy the property and do the work but the Judge still denied the transaction. What makes this case even more so strange is that I acquired the property for a annual city auction and haven't had ownership of the property a full year yet. I'm trying my best to understand this and see what's my options.... any input is greatly appreciated!

 Paul, best thing to do at this point is connect with a good real estate attorney.  

Hey Paul I’m actually going thru the same thing. I have a great attorney!

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