Who is responsible for septic system pumping, cleaning and inspection when a property is foreclosed and owned by a bank?

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Who is responsible for septic system pumping, cleaning and inspection when a property is foreclosed and owned by a bank?

Is it law that the seller have this completed before closing? The property has been foreclosed and the listing agent works for the bank.

Asked on May 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In any real estate transaction everything with respect to diclosed repairs is negotiable between the seller and the buyer. As in the case of the REO property that you seem to be the buyer for, the cleaning and inspection costs for the septic tank and system is no one's responsibility unless negotiated for.

You as the buyer have the duty to do your own due diligence regarding property inspections of all aspects of the property before close. If you want the bank owner to take care the issues regarding the septic tank, then you need to negotiate such before close of escrow in writing.


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