Buyer is requesting repairs after closing…What are my obligations?

So buyers had a 3rd party inspection done and signed off and
also waived final walk through. There were no repairs
specified on the purchase agreement and there were cracks in
the basement walls but were pointed out during the 3rd party
inspection that was signed off on with no repairs. Does the
buyer have any right to ask me to do repairs after we closed
on the house? Property is in MN and closed a week ago.

Asked on April 13, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Anyone can "ask" for repairs, but if no repairs were listed in the contract and if the buyer had and signed off on an inspection, there are no legal grounds to require you to make the repairs, unless the buyer can prove that you knew about the damage and took some steps to hide it from the buyer and his inspector, so they could be seen (or their full extent determined) at or before the inspection; or if the buyer can show that the cracks developed post-inspection, since the seller must sell the home in the condition it was in at inspection, when the buyer signed off on the condition.


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