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hellothere123 09-05-2008 05:30 PM

HELP !!! Friends house has crumbling foundation!

A friend of mine has bought his first house, lived in it for 6 months and then noticed water was coming in through the foundation. They had to open up a wall and then found out that a previous owner must have seen that the foundation was cracked and leaking and covedred it up with a wall...then sold it.

My friend had an inspector come through before purchase and the inspector never noticed the problem.

He's contacted a lawyer and the lawyer says it will cost $10,00 to $20,000 to fight the case in court.

Does anyone have any idea what organization he could contact? I thought there would be some sort of fraud or protection organization for this kind of thing?


Termite 09-05-2008 06:34 PM

Your friend should have had that information given to him in the seller's disclosure. That is probably their only recourse...Going after the seller in court.

Pre-purchase home inspectors have very little liability, and their contracts typically make suing them for missing something pretty much impossible.

I'm not aware of any advocacy organizations that would provide any help. As with everything, home buying is "buyer beware."

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