The Red Tape of Permits in Salt Lake County

The Red Tape of Permits in Salt Lake County


I picked up this home on Kelsey Ave at the end of 2019. We applied for permits to get this under utilized single bedroom/bathroom home turned around into a three bedroom charming rental in downtown Salt Lake City. After I purchased Kelsey Ave it took us three months to get the permits back from Salt Lake County in order to begin construction. I've never been a fan of Salt Lake County but this took the cake. The was one of the longest holds I ever seen just to get our permits back from the county in order to begin our work. After waiting, in March of 2020 we were finally able to get in and get to work with the appropriate permits in place.

The first thing about this home anyone would notice is the overwhelming odor of cat urine. The smell was so strong you could barely step inside without your eyes watering while covering your mouth. The urine has seeped into every nook and cranny of this home. The floors and walls were literally saturated with cat urine. The home had been very poorly taken care of and was not planned appropriately to utilize all of its potential. With a great fenced backyard and big two car garage this home has everything you could want while living downtown. The goal is to completely rework the entire floor layout and build another two bedrooms and totally update the bathroom and kitchen from the ground up.

This goes to show no matter how long you have been in the business you can always run into roadblocks with delays that are just out of your control. Navigating through these roadblocks is where the true teachings of experience come into play. We are now nearing completion of the project and should have final images in fall of 2020! Stay tuned as we get this rental turned around and ready to go in the coming weeks.

Updates Needed:

  • Trash Out
  • Cleaning
  • Flooring
  • New Roof
  • Demo Walls/Build Walls
  • New Bathrooms
  • New Kitchen
  • Build Two Bedrooms
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing

Renovation Cost and Budget:

  • Purchase Price: $170,000
  • Total Renovation Budget: $35,000
  • New Rent: $2000/mo
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