former tenant threatens lawsuit for leaky roof

A former tenant purchased our commercial building where he still inhabits 2 of
the units. He is threatening to sue for damages caused by a leaky roof while he
was our tenant. The roof was fixed earlier this year.
Does the fact that he purchased the building have any effect on the claim?

Asked on September 5, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, it would not affect the claim: a potential legal claim or cause of action is not affected by what happens *after* the events giving rise to the claim. So his buying the building after suffering damages or costs while previously being your tenant has no bearing on his claim.


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