What's a U&O and why do I Need to Pay for it?

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Fox & Roach

When selling your home in Bucks County, it's a good idea for you or your REALTOR to call your local township and ask if there is a U&O (Use and Occupancy) permit required for residential resales.  Many townships have these permits, and the requirements differ from township to township.  The permit is required when you sell a home in the township, and in the Agreement of Sale, the Seller is required to provide one, unless specifically noted that the Buyer will be responsible for the inspections and any necessary repairs.

Sometimes, a township will require a U&O inspection where the inspector looks for obvious hazards - GFCI outlets in the kitchen and baths, broken windows, anti-tip device on stove, etc.  They may also require: heater certifications, chimney certifications, electrical certifications, sprinkler system certifications, etc.

Because many times the U&O permit can be a very involved process, the best idea is to contact your township when you list the home.  Although many townships won't inspect until 30 days prior to settlement, knowing the requirements, and what they are going to inspect prior to selling your home gives you the opportunity to plan and prepare.

Want to know your township U&O requirements? Shoot me an email, and I'll be happy to forward them to you!

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Chris

Hello,

I'm buying a bank owned home in Folsome PA in Ridley and was wondering if you would be able to give me any information on the U&O for that area as I will have to pay for it.

Thank you for your time.

Chris

May 27, 2009 02:59 PM #1
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Heather Langiewicz

I am thinking of buying a house that is being sold as a "as is" property. It states that transfere taxes and U&O are the responsiblity of the buyer. Can you give me information on the U&O for this area. It is located in Roxborogh. Thanks

Feb 14, 2010 07:48 AM #2
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Marta

Hi. Can you tell me the U & O for Bensalem PA? I'm just browsing now, waiting to sell my own home. Thanks!

Oct 12, 2010 08:04 PM #3
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Vicki

Hi,

Can you share some informtion on U&O in Chester Springs PA 19425.

THANKS..!!!

Vicki

Oct 31, 2010 12:22 AM #4
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Hello, I am interested in buying a foreclosed home in Lansdale, Pa. What things are looked for in a U&O inspection in order to pass?
Dec 12, 2011 09:17 PM #5
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Rick Beaghley

Can you tell me what the U & O requirements are in Warrington TWP, Buck County?  The house is a short sale and "as is".

Jan 31, 2012 01:18 PM #6
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Heather Oberhau
Prudential Fox & Roach - Newtown, PA
Bucks County Real Estate, e-PRO

Rick, here is a link to the U&O inspection checklist for Warrington Township:

http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/warrington/published_documents/Fire%20Inspections%20Emergency%20Serv/Residential/Residential%20Inspection%20List.pdf

 

I think I know which property you are looking at.  If so, they've already had the U&O inspector out and they have a report on the repairs that need to be made.  If you want to email me the address privately (click the "email me" button on the right under my picture), I'll let you know if it's the same house and give you some background on it.

Jan 31, 2012 05:53 PM #7
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Trying to find out what the u and o is for bensalem pa

Im thinking of looking at a house and it said buyer is responsible for u and o

Feb 05, 2012 11:14 AM #8
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I am interested in a property in Langhorne, PA and it is a short sale with buyer responsible for U & O. Can you provide some insight on this area?
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