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Old 11-30-2017, 12:41 PM
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I have a vacation rental home in Marathon. The city will allow me to pull a permit to install drywall myself, the catch is I can not rent it out for one year after final inspection. If I hire a contractor, no problem, I can rent it the day after it passes final. My point is I paid for a permit and inspection. If my work would not pass inspection I understand. But what in the hell does one year accomplish and what says I can not do just as good of a job? This is not a new thing post Irma, this has been their {law} for years.

I am very tempted to hire a lawyer and fight this if possible. I just can't understand this. Any good reason I am overlooking? Or is it some type of contractors stronghold?

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If repair I can't even understand why you would pull a permit for drywall. Maybe if doing the whole house or something.
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
If repair I can't even understand why you would pull a permit for drywall. Maybe if doing the whole house or something.
It is required, and I have always pulled a permit when required. To me is always seemed a no brainer to stay legal.
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If repair I can't even understand why you would pull a permit for drywall. Maybe if doing the whole house or something.
My thoughts exactly. Unless you have a-hole neighbors that would call the inspector on you.
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Lol, yeah I'm not pulling permits for drywall. They can pound sand.

Hell, there's a 28x36 pole barn in my backyard now. I don't know how the sumbitch got there! Wasn't there when I moved in...

But it already made it's way onto my taxes.

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Are you doing the whole house or something? Fixing flood damage?

There is no way on earth I would ever consider pulling a permit to do some drywall repair unless it was major multi room pile of drywall in the driveway type of stuff.
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Lol, yeah I'm not pulling permits for drywall. They can pound sand.

Hell, there's a 28x36 pole barn in my backyard now. I don't know how the sumbitch got there! Wasn't there when I moved in...

But it already made it's way onto my taxes.

Haha if the property appraiser and building inspections offices had someway to compare data there would be a whole lot of people with some esplaining to do My neighbor built a small bathroom addition unpermitted but it was on the tax rolls within a year.
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save yourself the money and trouble and just do it without a permit.
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Holy crap! A permit to install drywall?

What happened to the old fashion way of doing it. Use a friends "contractor discount" to buy the drywall, have it drop shipped in the driveway, take a truck to the local Spanish food market and hold up 3 fingers. Job done in a day!

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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
Are you doing the whole house or something? Fixing flood damage?

There is no way on earth I would ever consider pulling a permit to do some drywall repair unless it was major multi room pile of drywall in the driveway type of stuff.
It does not matter, even if you replace 1 sheet they require a permit. Yes I know I could do things under the table, but that is not me. Being in the trades for years as my father was a GC, he reinforced this to me after he learned the hard way.
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Then I guess you need to figure out if you want to waste money on the contractor or lawyer.
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
Then I guess you need to figure out if you want to waste money on the contractor or lawyer.
One of these guarantees you have new drywall. One doesn't.
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working in the trades is different than doing a little DIY renovation. Glad youre taking the high road it just seems like a lot of money to spend on something trivial
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I've done some work in the Keys and I can tell you they protect their local tradesmen any way they can. And the powers that be down there would love to stop all vacation rentals in the Keys.

Replacing one sheet would not require a permit any more than installing one new light fixture would. Or one interior door. Or one fence post. Or painting your interior. Generally speaking painting you whole exterior does not need a permit although you may have to go through the process if you're changing colors, in certain localities.

Non structural work of a cosmetic nature does not require a permit. Also roof repairs of less than 4 square does not. I would consider that as long as you are not changing the wall framing, minor drywall repair would be considered cosmetic.

A simple call to Monroe County B&Z would answer your question
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Originally Posted by DirtyMikeAndTheBoys View Post
working in the trades is different than doing a little DIY renovation. Glad youre taking the high road it just seems like a lot of money to spend on something trivial
Trivial to you, not to me. The trouble is try and find a contractor right now in the Keys, And the only other choice I have is leave it sit until I can get a contractor, or start it myself, I chose the latter. I still have not gotten any reason for the year wait.
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Maybe DIY under a contractor's permit and have him give you a receipt like he did the work.

Pay him something fair so you can rent ASAP.

I can't imagine why you'd have to wait a year if you DIY unless it's some kind of mold waiting period.

Weird.

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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Trivial to you, not to me. The trouble is try and find a contractor right now in the Keys, And the only other choice I have is leave it sit until I can get a contractor, or start it myself, I chose the latter. I still have not gotten any reason for the year wait.
your bank account not mine, best of luck with the project
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Originally Posted by cedarholm View Post
Maybe DIY under a contractor's permit and have him give you a receipt like he did the work.

Pay him something fair so you can rent ASAP.

I can't imagine why you'd have to wait a year if you DIY unless it's some kind of mold waiting period.

Weird.
No not a mold issue, as I said this has been their policy for at least a few years now. It also pertains to any other item that requires a permit, not just drywall
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And they won't tell you the reason?

Really weird.
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Originally Posted by DirtyMikeAndTheBoys View Post
working in the trades is different than doing a little DIY renovation. Glad youre taking the high road it just seems like a lot of money to spend on something trivial
Mike the dilemma I have is I might have to wait close to a year for a contractor, or do it myself and get it done in a month, but then I lose any rent for a year, just seems odd to me.

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