Am I responsible for paying for home repairs that have been done if I back out of a home purchase?

Asked on November 22, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

First, why do you assume you can "back out of a home purchase"? If there is a contract of sale for the home, you can only "back out of" buying the home if the contract itself, by its plain terms, gives you that right. If there is no provision in the contract allowing you out of the contract, you are obligated to it and must go through with the purchase.
IF you are allowed to get out of the purchase, then you would not have to pay for repairs which the owner chose to make, even if he/she chose to make them in hopes you would purchase the home.

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