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should I buy a house with an illegal residence on the property


By billyjoebob   Follow   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 2:34am PST   566 views   9 comments
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There's a house in my neighborhood with this profile:

Two properties:

The main house: 2 bedrooms and bath upstairs, living and dining room and kitchen and bath downstairs. Basement used to be some sort of small metalworking shop, zoned for commercial (or used to be), on big road/intersection. Corner lot. Appears to have no big structural problems, but what do I know.

The "shed": illegally zoned bachelor pad in the back, bath/kitchen/bedroom, hooked up to utilities and in good shape.

The house is about 100 years old and the owner died, now it's an estate sale. The inside is really horrendous - I'm not saying it has the stench of death, but it's bad. The downstairs bathroom has no door and was expanded to fit a morbidly obese resident. Like I said, it makes your skin crawl. But the owner used to run the shop and probably maintained the house in good shape - that's what I'm hoping (he built the shed in the back).

So here's my question. With some small changes to the main house (add a door to the bathroom, remove all the crap of deceased, open the windows and let some light in) I think I could get $1200/month in rent, easy (it's a nice neighborhood in NOVA). That would cover the mortgage payments, roughly. Then I would live in the shed in the back for free, or taxes+expenses.

So does this sound like a plan? Or will I run into big problems/repairs/zoning problems? I can post the link, but I don't want to give too much away.

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billyjoebob   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 2:39am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

I should mention that the chances of getting the shed legally zoned are pretty small. If there were good odds, the property would have been gobbled up by now.

JFP   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 2:41am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

Unless you can afford it without living in the shed, I wouldn't touch it. If you rented it, and then someone (like the tenant) reported you living in the illegal shed, and you got kicked out, you would be in trouble.

Raw   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 2:50am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 3

Rule of thumb I use.....Always buy in a quality area. Quality areas in the long run will outperform the rest, and give you less headaches.

billyjoebob   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 3:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 4

http://www.redfin.com/VA/Arlington/1747-S-Glebe-Rd-22204/home/11271146#public-records

billyjoebob   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 3:11am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 5

Appears to be under contract.

elliemae   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 3:57am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 6

I believe that you would either be required to bring the shed to code or destroy it. Depends upon the zoning requirements.

That's my experience - from Vegas, tho.

New Renter   Sun, 6 Jan 2013, 8:36am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 7

billyjoebob says

http://www.redfin.com/VA/Arlington/1747-S-Glebe-Rd-22204/home/11271146#public-records

billyjoebob says

I should mention that the chances of getting the shed legally zoned are pretty small. If there were good odds, the property would have been gobbled up by now.

Does this help solve the mystery?

Sold AS IS. Three level 1904 house is in worse condition inside than it looks from outside. Located on a corner lot near busy Glebe & Walter Reed Roads. Clutter & old furniture stored inside. Dated kitchen & bathrooms. Upper level rooms have water damaged ceilings. Window a/c units. Narrow stairs access to walk out basement. Basement needs work. Large newer shed is an annexe that is a one bedroom house. Large tree in middle of fenced backyard. Shows poorly.

Haroon Malik, Redfin Associate Agent

CaptainShuddup   Mon, 7 Jan 2013, 5:00am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 8

New Renter says

Located on a corner lot near busy Glebe & Walter Reed Roads. Clutter & old furniture stored inside. Dated kitchen & bathrooms.

Sounds like a honey hole.

HEY YOU   Mon, 7 Jan 2013, 6:48am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 9

How many time have we all done things & then ask ourselves: What the hell was I thinking?

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