Posted by keithk2 on June 22, 1999 at 17:15:44:
Ran into that a couple of times and different cities have a different take on the term ‘condemned’. One city (Wyandotte) uses the condemned tags only if the house is absolutely positively slated for demolition for whatever reason. Another city’s engineer told me that it meant that the house, in it’s current condition, was unfit for human habitation until certain conditions were met (in that particular case it meant that half of the downstairs floor was missing and would need to be replaced along with the wiring, the bathrooms and a roof).
I’ve learned to simply ask the engineering department or the building inspector’s office whether there is any chance the house could be salvable and whether the city will let you do it. Be prepared to find some local politics in play here and there. Sometimes it’s condemned because it gets in the way of some politicians pet project
hope this helped