In an ideal world, everyone seeking to buy their next home would get through the process without any issues, move into their dream home and live there for decades without any issues.
Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world, and there are all sorts of potential problems that can arise with a home sale. Some of those may eventually lead to litigation.
Is your problem the seller’s fault?
In some cases, you may think that the home’s seller was the reason for these issues or that they financially harmed you through their actions or lack of action when selling you the home. That’s when you need to know if you have a right to sue. You may believe the seller is at fault in the following situations:
- The seller knew important information about the house but failed to disclose it to you before you closed. For instance, maybe they knew about structural defects that will cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
- The seller not only failed to disclose the issues but actively tried to hide them from you. This is a form of fraud. For example, perhaps the home was damaged in a fire but never repaired. Instead, they just painted over the damage or covered it up in some other fashion.
- The seller made serious errors on the paperwork. They may claim that they just were not sure what was being asked or did not understand the document. That could be true, but it doesn’t mean you don’t have a right to sue.
These are just three examples, but you can see how important it is for sellers to tell you everything they know about a property. When a homeowner is deceptive about their property to make a sale, that’s wrong. If you need to sue for their errors or fraudulent behavior, be sure you understand your legal rights.