I recently purchased a home on 7/15/16. The sellers disclosure indicated that the sewer line was replaced. On 9/9/16 the sewer line backed up and I had to pay out of pocket for a new sewer line because the home warranty that I requested with the purchase denied the claim as a preexisting condition. When the plumbers came to do the replacement, they advised that there were no clean out vents on the property which was a violation of the township code. After hearing this, I requested the permit history from the township and I did not see a permit for the sewer line replacement however the sellers agent advised that he was present when the township inspector came out to approve the replacement of the sewer line. Am I at fault and responsible for the full cost for not requesting proof and documentation of the sewer line replacement during settlement? I feel as though the sellers should be responsible as well as the township for this error. I was under the assumption that all work needed to be approved through the township before being completed.
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The sewer line could not have been replaced without a permit. I would request a copy of the invoice for the work allegedly performed by the seller prior to closing. I would also recommend that you consult with an attorney who handles real estate related litigation.
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