Tricky dilemma: next door owners lying on their disclosure statement

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

LaurenKK:  One would hope that any potential buyers would have an inspection done by a licensed home inspector. She/he should find evidence of any water damage if repairs were not properly done. Just because they had a leak doesn’t mean it is an issue forever.

Their obligation to disclose a leak very much depends on the wording of the disclosure laws where you live.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

julies1949:  Agreed. If it were an ongoing leak from a cracked foundation or something of that nature, I would be far more concerned than a leak that was caused by burst pipes that has been rectified. If they repaired the pipes and cleaned up the damage from the leak, I would say it is no longer an issue that NEEDS to be disclosed (it still should be, but it isn’t something I would worry too much about).

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I totally understand where you’re coming from, but I would stay out of it. Other than walking up to strangers when they are viewing the house, what else could you do? A good home inspector will hopefully notice any issues with water damage and be able to point it out to potential buyers.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t think this is an issue, as most houses have had floods or leaks at one time or another!  It sounds like they fixed the problem and got a new hot water heater and repaired the pipes?  Just because a house had a flood does not mean it’s damaged forever.  

However, if you did find out they scimped on repairs and where shady, you could always call your town board / housing inspector to report a problem.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

I wouldn’t say anything. When someone pays for an inspection, they’ll usually find this problem. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you truly think they are breaking the law MAYBE contact the real estate agent, but honestly I wouldn’t say anything. Like PP’s have pointed out they should have a home inspection and if it is an issue they should point i tout. Basements flood from time to time and evidence of water damage is something the inspector looks for.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

That’s what inspections are for.

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