“Usually, I would say buyer beware of shady flippers, but this seems more of a physical hazard”

“Dear PoPville,

I’m no structural engineer, but either DCRA is totally incompetent, or somebody was slipped a few C-notes to look the other way (I acknowledge it could be a combination of both). DCRA has approved this structure, which is the primary support for the entire front porch and front of the renovated house. They obviously poured the footers wrong, so the contractor simply set the post down with over 50% resting on nothing but air and has no intention of fixing it. They somehow passed the inspection and are in the process of closing it up.

Usually, I would say buyer beware of shady flippers, but this seems more of a physical hazard. Does anyone have a recommendation of how to bring attention to this potential safety issue? Imagine buying this place and having no idea. I have reached out to DCRA but, not surprisingly, have not heard anything back.”

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