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Old 12-01-2009, 04:56 PM
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I have a friend that just bought a $700,000 house on one of the canals in Tampa, the contractor went to the city to pull permits to get started and was told that there is a law that says you can't over improve an existing house. Is this right and how do you work around this? It is a total gut and go again. And should not the contractor known about this any help would be appreciated
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by TimW Texas View Post
I have a friend that just bought a $700,000 house on one of the canals in Tampa, the contractor went to the city to pull permits to get started and was told that there is a law that says you can't over improve an existing house. Is this right and how do you work around this? It is a total gut and go again. And should not the contractor known about this any help would be appreciated

Tim, I think what he is referring to is the FEMA regulations on improvements that are over 50% of the value of the existing structure.
This does not include the value of the lot, just the structure.

If your friend's rehab is over the 50% allowed under the regulations then the whole house has to be brought up to the FEMA Flood Plain Code which I would believe, would require it to be placed on stilts.

He can do the rehab in stages so as not to exceed the 50% threshold. An experienced waterfront contractor will know all the rules and the ways around them.

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Old 12-01-2009, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
Tim, I think what he is referring to is the FEMA regulations on improvements that are over 50% of the value of the existing structure.
This does not include the value of the lot, just the structure.

If your friend's rehab is over the 50% allowed under the regulations then the whole house has to be brought up to the FEMA Flood Plain Code which would I believe would require it to be placed on stilts.

He can do the rehab in stages so as not to exceed the 50% threshold. An experienced waterfront contractor will know all the rules and the ways around them.
Buddy, you know how remodeling makes me itch... no good can come from this
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Sea level canals in Tampa are in a flood plain???
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:42 PM
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Sea level canals in Tampa are in a flood plain???

Most likely. Think about the backup of water in Tampa Bay should a storm ever roll up the mouth of the bay. What signman said is dead on about the 50% rule and FEMA flood zone regulations, and the only way around them is to do the remodel in stages. TimW, I have quite a bit of experience in dealing with these matters, so if I can answer any specific questions you may have, feel free to PM me.
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