Lorain City to Implement Point of Sale Inspections in 2014

Earlier this year, despite REALTOR® opposition[i], the Lorain City Council passed a point of sale ordinance, which takes effect January 1, 2014. Below are highlights of the legislation. Additional information can be found in an article on The Morning Journal website. [ii]  Contact Lorain City Hall for more information at 440-204-2577.

  • Start date of point of sale inspections will be Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Inspection fee: $100/dwelling
  • Application for “Certificate of Inspection”  supplied by Chief Building Official (CBO)
  • Inspection within 10 days of receipt of application & fee.
  • Buildings will be inspected based on code requirements from year of construction.
  • Code violations completed within 90 days, unless CBO extends compliance time.
  • New construction is exempted when a home transfers from a builder to the first buyer when the building gets an occupancy certificate. After that, sellers must get a point of sale inspection.
  • Certificate of Inspection issued if one of the following conditions has been met:
    • All violations of the City of Lorain Building & Property Maintenance Code corrected; or
    • If violations are not corrected within allotted time, the property owner puts amount necessary for repairs (determined by CBO) in escrow with escrow agent for subject real estate transaction; or
    • The buyer may sign and “assumption” form & put amount necessary for repairs (determined by CBO) in escrow with escrow agent for subject real estate transaction. Once escrow process followed, the CBO will issue the certificate.
  • Inspection Certificate valid for 12 months.
  • A foreclosed home that returns to possession of a bank does not need a point of sale inspection. However, the house must have an inspection if the bank sells it to another buyer, or after two years.
Read the Ordinance


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