I purchased a home from a house-flipper. In the home inspection, it was noted that there were plumbing issues in both bathrooms and the kitchen and in our request for repairs, the contractor agreed he would repair all plumbing issues. The contract also stated that the seller agreed to deliver all plumbing systems in normal operating condition.
In our final walk-through, we gave the OK because it appeared the systems were working since the toilets would flush. However, on our first night in the house the plumbing stopped functioning. This was from very minimal use of the systems. It turned out that our sewer pipe had a lifespan of 50 years under ideal conditions and the house is 65 years old. The developer would have known the pipes were made of this old material since they connected it to new piping.
I've been in touch with the developer and they've stated that they did everything a reasonable and prudent person would have done to resolve the plumbing issues and that they are not legally obligated but would give us $500 `as a goodwill gesture if we sign a document releasing them from liability.
Is the seller legally obligated in this circumstance?
You will need to see an attorney for an answer. The attorney will need to review the contract and all of the closing documents to determine if the seller's warranties survived closing.
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