How complicated are Code Enforcement Cases?
As I described on my previous article about Municipal Code Violations, according to the Municipal Code, a code violation is anything that threatens public safety and/or the living and working environment. In the case of construction, anything related to remodeling or improving a building without the proper construction permits from the City or County Building Departments constitutes a code violation, even if the home design improvement does not threaten the public in any way. Any home design improvement or construction related change made in any home needs to be submitted at the city for review and approval, no matter who is making the changes or how small they are. For a list of improvements that do not require construction permits click here
Some cases are simple, some are complex but one thing you should know, there is always a way to solve the issues and get approval from the Code Enforcement and Building Departments. That is one of our company’s specialties and even though sometimes it takes a long time and a lot of running around to close a case, there is always a way to find answers on how to fix every violation there is and get a construction permit for the homeowner.
There are many cases where the homeowners do not want to deal with the City and ignore the notices. I do not recommend doing that because a Code Violation Case is a serious matter. You can be charged huge penalties, $350 a day or more until a permits is acquired, you can lose your property and sometimes you can even go to jail. A lot of people do not know this but not taking care of a Code Violation Case can get you in a lot of trouble down the road. For information on the San Diego City Development Services click here
A client of mine never did anything to fix the code violations on his property even though they were filed when he was building a non-permitted home design addition, and when he decided to sell the house, the City ordered the non-permitted home design addition to be demolished prior to the sell. The homeowner lost a huge amount of money because even though the house was a good size house and in great condition with a brand new swimming pool and BBQ area on the back, he could not get the price he wanted after the house underwent demolition and was left with bare walls and electric wiring exposed for the prospective buyers to see. So, think about it twice before ignoring Municipal Code Violations Cases. They always work against you.
In my experience, the Code Enforcement Officials usually work with the customers to help them close the cases but there are some situations where they just turn vicious and make the process very difficult for everybody involved. I recommend you hire a professional with experience in this kind of cases when you find out about a case filed against you. If you hire an inexperienced person, your case can take years to close, if you are lucky.
Our company has worked on cases that have gone sour and have cost the homeowners an excessive amount of money because the officials have taken the cases personally against the homeowners. It is very clear sometimes that the officials want to punish the homeowners for ignoring their notices, and sometimes they even seem to feel personally offended by that. I will be talking about that on a later article but if you have specific questions, please contact us at: (619) 692-0165 or drop us a line at: [email protected]. For now, all I want is to emphasize that Construction Code or Municipal Code Violations Cases are serious matters that need to be addressed right away. Please read my previous article: Municipal Code Violations – Part I. For more information about Code Enforcement Violations visit the City of San Diego Website Neighborhood Code Compliance