Truth in Sale of Housing

The City of Minneapolis requires that all houses sold in the City undergo a Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) inspection by an inspector approved by the City. The inspections are pretty basic, but if something doesn’t meet minimum requirements, the homeowners are required to make all repairs within 90 days of the sale of the house.

What happens if we don’t do them?  I dunno. Maybe the take the house away or something. I don’t want to find out.

We knew before we bought the house that there were a number of items that would require fixing, some of which are not insignificant. Most of these have to do with plumbing and electrical issues.

Here’s the list:

1. Sump Pumps – Sump Pump lacks a secure cover.
2. Smoke Detectors/CO Detectors – Improperly located smoke detector in the basement.
3. Electrical Service Installation – Missing house side grounding clamp at water meter.
4. Water Supply Piping – Corrosion noted on water piping in areas.
5. Plumbing Fixtures – No backflow device installed at laundry tub.
6. Plumbing Fixtures – Improper air gap on toilet ballcock.
7. Exterior Plumbing Backflow Prevention – missing backflow preventers on exterior faucets.
8. Electric Service Installation – Electric panel located in bathroom.
9. Electrical Outlets/Fixtures – Power mast is loose.

One by one, we’ll be following up with each of these, showing what we did to correct these problems.

2 comments to Truth in Sale of Housing

  • Wow, how interesting to hear the TISH process for the City of Minneapolis! Over in St. Paul, the TISH inspection is done prior to the sale of the house, and the report is a disclosure to potential buyers–there’s no follow-up after the sale of the house.

    Cool blog, look forward to reading more!

    • Interesting. I think it is pretty atypical for sellers to not pass TISH inspection, but our seller made it very clear that they were not fixing ANYTHING, which was actually totally fine with us since we’d prefer to just do it ourselves anyway.

      Glad you like the blog.