I received a phone call this morning from a client requesting a change on a report completed a few weeks ago. The request came from an employee with the title Senior Appraisal Consultant however after speaking with her I don't think she is a licensed appraiser. A little info on the home The home is in a high-end gated community in Huntington Beach and was just purchased last year. The property has an attached two car garage and another attached single car garage. The single car garage was converted to additional living space (used as an office) by the previous owner without permits. The converted garage has been drywalled and carpeted but the garage door is still in place. The ductwork from the house has not been extended into the garage so there is no heating for this room. In the appraisal I gave no credit to the 1 car garage for garage space due to being used as an office (not functional garage space in it's current use) and also gave no credit to it for living area due to the conversion being completed without permits and not being heated (I was always told that if living space did not have a heating source it could not be considered livable area). I gave no credit to the area at all due to having an unpermitted conversion but did state that it could be reconverted to a fully functional garage at a minimal cost by removing the drywall and replacing the garage door opener. Here is what the lender is asking me to do The lender stated that per their guidelines I am to count the converted garage area in the total GLA even though they are aware it was not permitted. I see an issue with this because the added value as a garage and as living area would be quite different in terms of their contributory value If I counted it as garage space all the comps with a 3 car garage would be considered similar and have the adjustment removed However, if credited as GLA per the lender request the adjustment for the additional 200 sf would significantly increase the adjusted value of every comp and in my opinion give more value to the garage than I think it is worth. Also, the lender has asked that I change the effective date so that I don't have two copies of the same report with the same date floating around. I flat out said this is not possible. The effective date must stay the same but the signature date would change showing a revision was made to the original report. Just wondering but has anyone ever had this type of request from a client, and also, is this allowable? It seems to me like they are trying to find a way to increase the value of the appraisal. FWIW, the final estimate of value was slightly below what was paid for the property last year and my statistical data appears to justify the decline. Please let me know any thoughts on how I should approach this or any other questions I should ask the client.