Bought a house six years ago. Two rooms flooded over the weekend. Pulled the carpet and pad up and found a hole/drain in one of the rooms.

UPDATED: May 11, 2009

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Bought a house six years ago. Two rooms flooded over the weekend. Pulled the carpet and pad up and found a hole/drain in one of the rooms.

There is a hole or drain in one of the rooms that flooded that appears to be where the water came from. Never knew the hole was there. Was not informed of the hole or flooding of any kind when we bought the house. Should I have been informed since the hole was covered with carpet and there was no way to know about it?

Asked on May 11, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Was the house you purchase new when you bought it? I.e. from a builder? If not, did it come with  warranty? If so, for how long? Were there any disclosures regarding this issue? Did the house flood at any point prior to your purchase? Is it on or near a flood plain?
Did you have the house inspected prior to purchase?

With all of the above, this may be considered a hidden defect.  The issue then becomes a) previous owner may not have known if there was no flooding and b) if owner knew and it is not part of a regular house inspection, you may have a claim.  However, 6 years, quite a long time. 

Sooooo, contact an attorney in your state and at least have a consultation.  Try

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