Legal Question in Real Estate Law in California

I recently purchased a home but discovered it was missing all the piping. I have made several attempts to get the owner and/or real estate company to have the pipes replaced but neither party is acceping responsibility. I want to know how the house could have passed inspection and whether or not I have any legal recourse. Thank you.

Asked on 9/09/10, 5:52 pm

4 Answers from Attorneys

Timothy McCormick Haapala, Thompson & Abern, LLP

Of course you have recourse. The only question is against whom. You don't provide enough facts to do that evaluation.

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Answered on 9/14/10, 6:03 pm
Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

Yes you do. You will likely have to sue. If serious about doing so, feel free to contact me.

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Answered on 9/14/10, 6:36 pm
Daniel Bakondi The Law Office of Daniel Bakondi

You might sue the seller and their agent for failing to disclose, and possibly your agent if they should have known but didnt. Be careful what you say, and get legal counsel from the start. If you are serious about investing money to sue, send me an email.


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Answered on 9/14/10, 7:58 pm
Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach

It's not so much of a failure to disclose, as the fact that the previous occupant removed the piping, most likely because it was copper piping. I've heard stories about this, but have never actually seen it.

It's not clear how your purchased the property. If you purchased at a trustee's sale during non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, the removal may have been caused by either the defaulting owner, or his/ her tenant.

I think you should speak to an attorney. I think you do have legal recourse.

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Answered on 9/14/10, 8:27 pm

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