the owners kept the money and never repaired the defective siding and never disclosed this to us during the original sale. We recently talked to our neighbors about needing to replace the siding due to water seepage and they informed us of what the previous owners did. Do we have the legal right to sue them for this nondisclosure? They clearly knew about the issue and received money for the repair and didn't repair it and left us with the mess. it's been 8 yrs but we just found out about this now. thanks!
If you can establish that fraud occurred and you just found out about it, you might overcome issues with the statute of limitations. Contact a lawyer ASAP.
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Residential Real Estate Lawyer
While you have a claim that is stale because of the statute of limitations, you may be able to get around it by the date the issue was discovered rather than the date the transaction occurred. While they had a duty to disclose this and didn't, the question will be did they conceal the problem and could you have discovered it sooner if you investigated further.
You will need to hire an attorney as soon as possible to determine your rights.
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Estate Planning Attorney
While the timing of your discovery is unfortunate, the Seller does have a duty to disclose latent material defects that are known to him and not readily discoverable by you. The biggest problem is whether or not you had a home inspection and, if so, was this something that should have been discovered by the inspection. If the defect was not one that was broadly known (such as the Chinese drywall issue) you can certainly make the case that you only discovered the defect after the fact. A real estate attorney should be able to look at the sales contract and determine if the defect was remote enough to avoid discovery by you or your inspector. Good luck.
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