What to do if we purchased a 9 year old home about 1 1/2 years ago from the original builder and we have since discovered numerous issues?

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What to do if we purchased a 9 year old home about 1 1/2 years ago from the original builder and we have since discovered numerous issues?

We have discovered many code violations (electrical, plumbing, wood stove piping). We also are concerned about the structural integrity of the second floor construction. The well is contaminated with bacteria and leaks ground water. We tried to see if building permits were issued, but the county only goes back 6 years. Prior to purchase, we had the home inspected by a licensed inspector and he made no mention of any issues, with the exception of very minor. Do we have any recourse against the previous owner/builder or the home inspector??

Asked on June 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Please seek legal help from an attorney in your area.   Many states have laws that certain issues do not "survive" closing, meaning that the issues have had to be discovered prior to your taking title.  But basic contract law - such as misreprensentation or fraud - may be available.  You may also have recourse against the inspector under a professional liability cause of action but you need to act quickly with statute of limitation considerations.  Good luck.


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