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I bought a home 3 months ago; it was being sold with the assistance of a relocation company. The relocation company conducted an assessment of the home and found several defects and shared the results with me. The attic was inadequately ventilated and had mold. The support beams for the deck were rotten and unsafe as well as some minor problems. I asked for more information and was told the problem was fixed and given an estimate and completion of work statement from a contractor. When my home was inspected I asked my inspector about the conditions of the defects and he said it was fine. Trusting the professional, I closed on the house. Unfortunately, the roof was installed correctly but the attic is not ventilated at all. There are no vents anywhere and the sheathing and some rafters are completely rotten. The deck beams are also still rotten. I contacted the contractor and he claimed that he informed both the seller and seller’s agent that major repairs were needed to make the home safe. The seller refused and said that he was
Asked on June 21, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Maryland
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 2 years ago | Contributor
You can sue those who lied to you about the repairs having been done or the condition of the home, whether that was the seller, the home relocation company, etc. based on fraud: that is, on materially misrepresenting known conditions or issues with the intention to induce you to purchase the home. You could sue for the cost to repair or remediate these issues.
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