Is the previous owner responsible for repairs up to 6 months after selling.?

We moved 5 months ago into a bungalow that had been refrubished. we had a surve carrried out and found a fault with the roof (asbestos) which we got covered by owner, but we have had to pay out a lot more for other things that weren't done properly and now we have found out there is a major leak under the new driveway and will have to have drive up. Water board will repair it and put dirve flat but we are responsible for cost of putting block paving back.

Update:

We had the survey done before we bought it and he just came up with the asbestos roof.

The previous owner put the drive down.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Your responsibility once you own the lease, as far as I know. That's why people have surveys done BEFORE they buy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You are responsible for the repairs as far as the law is concern. That is why you are suppose to have an inspection so suprises like this don't come up. You can try asking the previous owner nicely and working out a deal where the owner can help a little with the cost if you are lucky because the previous owner is not liable at all. If you had insurance the insurance company should pay for the repairs however since it was probably a pre existing condition the insurance company will say that is excluded from their coverage. If you had an inspection and the inspection person didn't find that problem you can go back to the inspection person and make they company responsible for the repairs if there company claims to stand behind their inspections. Every company is different you must read the agreements. If so and they won't pay up for the repair costs on the inspection that they missed you can take them to court. Never ever buy a property without an inspection.

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  • 4 years ago

    You have no case 5 years later. It sounds as if you were aware of the issue before you closed on the house. If it was that big of an issue, or if you couldn't test the line etc, I wouldn't have bought the house. What did your home inspection say? Also, you have waited 5 years? I would think the first winter you were in there, you would have seen there was still a problem. Although, I highly doubt then, you would have had recourse. Sounds like you have a pipe to fix. :0(

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  • Ren
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Usually once the house is yours it's yours. Home inspections by a good company are crucial. But if you look at your report I'm sure you signed waivers saying that you acknowledge they can't possibly find everything wrong, etc etc. You also probably signed a final walk-thru accepting all repairs and the home as is. If you were unsure about repairs you have the right before closing to get them re-inspected. Welcome to home ownership! :P You can always call your real estate agent and learn the details of the laws in your state, based on what you've signed.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It sounds like you are stuck ask a the Realtor that sold it to you but it sounds like the seller did not guarantee anything else contact a lawyer for advice buyer beware

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  • 1 decade ago

    that's the reason you get a survey done before you buy, if there are any receipts for work done they are not normally transferable from one owner to the next anyway,

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Erm... You bought it, it's all your problem. You don't think the leak may have been caused by putting the new driveway down?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Surely you should be addressing these issues with the person who did the survey.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you say you had a surveyor on the job before you bought house? if so it,s up to him to make good the things he missed not the seller.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When the deal closes your stuck. Do you understand ?

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