Sewing a seller who I bought a home for him for the house being infested with bedbugs and not disclosing that fact to me before close of escrow

Can I sell can I sue the sellers of the
home I purchased less than a year ago
for the sellers not disclosing the fact
that the home I purchased is infested
with bedbugs

Asked on March 31, 2017 under Real Estate Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

They would only be liable (that is, you could only successfully sue them) if you could show that they did in fact know, or reasonably *must* have known, of the infestation but, despite knowing of it, failed to disclose it. In that event, they may have committed fraud, and you could potentially sue them for the cost to eliminate the infestation and for the value  of any clothes, bedding, or furniture you had to dispose of. 
But if you can't show that they knew or *must* have known, they are not liable and you can't sue them. People are not responsible for failing to dislcose things of which they were unaware.

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