Compliance of the buildings located on a property is often not considered by buyers when they are looking to buy a residential site. Unknowingly, buyers regularly buy properties where the structures are unapproved and often poorly constructed.

Even when they are well constructed, if they are not approved, they are essentially illegal structures if they fall outside the relevant guidelines. There can be significant ramifications when buying a property that has unapproved structures, and a classic example is a large deck that has been attached to the…