After a property is sold, is the contractor/remodeler responsible for later repairs?

A decorative wall was built prior to sale. The new homeowners want it fixed by the contractor. Is the

contractor responsible?

Asked on April 12, 2017 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If the wall was built for owner 1, then it is later found to be defective by owner 2, the contractor has no liability or responsibility to owner 2: owner 2 did not hire or contract with the contractor, and there is no relationship between or duty to owner 2. Owner 2 cannot hold the contractor responsible, force them to repair, or get compensation from them.


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