What to do if I purchased a home approximately 6 months ago and am now having plumbing issues?

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What to do if I purchased a home approximately 6 months ago and am now having plumbing issues?

My plumbing is backing up into the drains in the house. The property was sold as an estate and therefore the issue with the plumbing was not disclosed at the point of sale. Since in was sold as an estate, who’s responsible to fix the promblem? I don’t think this problem developed within the 6 months I’ve owned the property. This is a problem that was already there when I purchased the home. I have gotten an estimate to fix it – almost $7,000.

Asked on December 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The seller would be responsible only if the seller knew of the problem and failed to disclose it to you. A seller of real estate is not an insurer; the seller is not liable for all problems that pre-date the sale, but only those of which the seller was aware and, being aware, did not disclose.


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