Part 8*: Is the Seller Obligated to Resolve Government Violations and Orders in a Residential Contract of Sale in New York?

Generally speaking, in a Residential Contract of Sale in New York, the Seller will be responsible for delivering the property without any open permits or violations. Once the contract is signed the Purchaser’s attorney will order a title report, including a municipal search. If the municipal search reveals any open permits or violations, then the Seller will be responsible for curing them prior to the closing.

*Thank you for taking the time to read this article. This article is part of our “From Contract to Closing; Demystifying NY Residential Real Estate” Series. Other aspects of residential real estate transactions in New York are discussed in other Parts of this series.

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