We always recommend that a lien search be ordered. Vacant lots can hide thousands of dollars in special assessments, or if a home has recently been demolished, there may be an unpaid utility bill under the prior address.
By far the most common code violations we see for vacant lots are those pertaining to debris and lot clearing issues. If not remedied, the open code violation will eventually turn into a lien against the property.
When it comes to permits, it’s possible to have one issued and never have any work results from it (for example, a single-family home permit that was applied for). Those permits can expire and create issues for buyers. Unresolved permit issues can arise if the land had a structure on it at some point. Many municipalities will not allow a new permit to be opened on a property without any prior permits being closed out.
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