My kids and I got sick (asthma triggered/migraines) two days into moving into a new house. This triggered online searches where I found that the house I just bought - had a tenant move out due to mold. She posted quite a bit in social media. Further research showed denied insurance claims for mold and when asked specifically if the sellers where aware of this - they said they had not personally viewed mold, but their tenant caused significant dry rot and they put in 30K to remodel their house. The insurance company said their were two claims of mold and they were denied because it was not sudden. So homeowners went to local handyman to fix mold - according to insurance. They already admitted dry rot - water damage. What should I do?
If the sellers did not disclose the problem on the Form 17 then you may have some recourse. When buying a house the burden is on you to have it inspected and perform all due diligence. However when the seller take steps such as denying a problem or hiding it completely you will have a claim. You should hire a local lawyer at once to address the claims and you should also start remediation to mitigate your damages. If there is mold spores active this time of year you have ongoing moisture intrusion and inadequate ventilation.
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It really comes down to whether the sellers falsified information about the house. If they represented that it was in great shape with no problems, knowing that there was a serious mold issue, you would have a claim.
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