2. To catch up on "open permits" let's use http://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/67/topics/48082-open-permits-code-violations for a start.
Those open permits are for the property that is not yours so you have no reason to deal with such as you don't own said property. Let's hope your lease can be exited if the property is condemned or closed due to such trouble.
I got into a lease with open permits that were from the past tenant. Who takes care of the bill, me or the landlord? please help