Is there any recourse when a owner makes misrepresentations regarding a the sale?

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Is there any recourse when a owner makes misrepresentations regarding a the sale?

We were interested in an acre of land being sold by the owner but the road wasn’t paved so that was holding us back from buying. The owner told us the road would be paved within the next year. We bought the land. Now 4 years later the road is still not paved and not even maintained by the county, we have found out it won’t be, cause it’s a private road, which we were unaware of or told.

Asked on August 26, 2011 Arizona

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you purchased the acre of land based upon representations that a road on it would be paved within the next year or so and it has turned out that it will never be paved, you purchased the land in reliance upon this representation, you may have a cause of action for negligent misrepresentation, intentional misrepresentation or concealment against the former owner based upon the information that you recently received.

The remedies for such causes could be rescinding the purchase (cancellation of the purchase) and/or suing for the cost of installation of the paved road that you thought the county would be installing.

If you do not have an attorney assisting you in this matter, you should consult with one. Good luck.


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