What to do if we recently moved into a house 1 week ago and found mold in the basement that was not presented in the disclosure agreement?

Can the previous home owners be held accountable for mold remediation costs? Are there any consumer protection laws for home buyers?

Asked on January 9, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Michigan

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Based upon what you have written about I suggest that you contact your realror about the mold discovered and seek to have a mold expert come and take tests of the basement. From there retain a contractor to see what the source of the water intrusion is plus costs of repair as well. Based upon the reports and findings a real estate attorney may need to be consulted.

If the sellers knew about the water intrusion and mold issues with the unit and did not disclose such to you before close of escrow, you have a legal basis for a lawsuit assuming you can establish cost of repair or diminution in value damages. The laws protecting you are common law and state statutes.


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