water main from home not connected to city line
I recently purchased my home for sale by owner, Actually, it was
his mother in laws mothers house. After being here three months
an getting into cold weather, turned on the furnace (which is under
the home) under the bath tub. And found out the tub leaked
causing the microprocessor to burn out costing 350.00 to replace.
When the repairman went under there he found the drain pipe of
the tub was too short and had been duct taped!! I had this fixed
and once again the mcroprocessor burned out. The reason now
was when you stood in the tub, the drain leaked from the bowing of
the fiberglass. repair cost 287.00 new microprocessor and tub
repair 289.00 !!!! Then the water system started backing up due to
roots in mainline costing 310.00 to clear with no warrentee
because the mainline from home is lower at the connecting site to
city line!!! I was told this would cost thousands to repair. Do i have
any recourse with the seller or will the city repair that connection?
The only recomendation from the previouse owners son in law
prior to these problems was to make sure I use root kill in the toilet
one a year.
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: water main from home not connected to city line
Your rights depend on the contract you entered into when you purchased the house. If the contract contained warranties regarding the condition of the property, you may have some recourse. If the contract was strictly "as is", you will have a much greater problem recovering from the previous owner. You may also be able to recover if you are able to show that the previous owner deliberately concealed issues from you.
I always recommend that a home buyer have the property inspected to determine the condition of its systems.
You should consult with an attorney to have the contract reviewed as that is the only way to determine your rights.