As a seller of a home, am I responsible for further repairs after closing if I believed all of the repair addendums had been met?

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As a seller of a home, am I responsible for further repairs after closing if I believed all of the repair addendums had been met?

Buyers had an inspection, found wood rot. We agreed to fix (with epoxy and filler) and they signed off. Then before close, foyer window broke. We offered to fix, got an estimate for $800 and signed new addendum saying we pay for window and assume no responsibility after close. Buyer came back a month later to say that window cannot be replaced per the same contractor as wood underneath sill is actually rotted. Want us to cover cost of repairs and we thought 1) all wood rot initially fixed and 2) estimate to replace window was fine. They did a final walk-through also and OK’d repairs.

Asked on April 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

Alan Pransky / Law Office of Alan J Pransky

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The rule in Massachusetts is that all obligations relating to the sale of real estate cease at time of recording of the deed unless there is a written agreement specifically stating that an obligation survives the closing.  You apparently had such a clause.  You need to look at the language used to determine your obligations.


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