Building Without a Permit
I am always surprised about the things people build without a permit. Recently in court I had a defendant who had built an addition without any permits. He couldn’t even claim ignorance because he was in the building trade. He then complained when the inspector saw that his deck had been built without a permit. The defendant’s excuse for that one was that he bought the house that way. In another case, the homeowners only hired subcontractors who wouldn’t apply for permits. One of the potential subcontractors asked too many questions, didn’t get hired and turned the owners in to the municipality. In my book, The Building Process Simplified, I discussed the trouble people can get into when they cut corners and don’t do their due diligence before they buy property. I only wish more people would read that chapter in the book before they begin construction. Given the current economic circumstances I’m suspect that more and more people are failing to get permits in order to save money. Inevitably this is going to lead to some tragic consequences.