Home inspection contingency removed. Can it be reinstated on an addendum later?

Asked over 2 years ago - Petaluma, CA

I am purchasing a short sale home, did a home inspection, and removed home inspection contingency. Based on some of the exchanges I had with the seller, i am concerned that there might be a damage to the house or missing appliances,etc . I would like to add an addendum stating that COE to take place only after buyer verifies and approves the condition of the house after seller vacates. The seller agreed. If I find things that are not satisfactory, can I cancel the contract because I don't approve the condition of the house according to the addendum?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. 1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . No. And it would be highly unlikely that the seller (especially in a short sale) would agree to such addendum.

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is... more
  2. 1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . There is a pre-existing contract between you and the seller. The seller has no reason to change the terms to the seller's detriment by now. Edward C. Ip www.lawyer4property.com

    No attorney / client relationship established. The answr is for discussion and general information only. The... more
  3. 1

    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . A contract is not written in stone, much like the U.S. Constitution, which has been amended over two dozen times. If you and the seller agree to amend the contract with an addendum, and escrow is instructed to draft amended escrow instructions to conform with the addendum, it will depend on how clearly the language is written to allow a for a mutual cancellation prior to COE. You should consult a real estate attorney for advice on the particular language.

    Choosing the right attorney in a particular matter is an important decision that requires personal interaction... more

Related Topics

Buyer's rights in property sales

Property buyers are granted certain buyer's rights, which include things like getting accurate information about the property and choosing your own lender.

Real estate

The term real estate means land and items permanently attached to it, like buildings. This area of law deals with who has the right to own and use these items.

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

34,172 answers this week

3,715 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

34,172 answers this week

3,715 attorneys answering