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The roof needs a repair

Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:49 am

Some friends of mine practically gave their lovely house away to a French couple late last year, the purchasers are now claiming that the roof needs a £15,000 repair, how should they proceed in this matter? as far as they were aware there was no problem.
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Re: The roof needs a repair

Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:10 am

No idea how it works in Europe. Your friends should speak to a lawyer where the property is (which is, I think, the proper jurisdiction).

Having said that, in the U.S. there are disclosure requirements that involve known structural problems. Buyers routinely pay for inspections on homes before buying. We did that, and it didn't catch stuff that went wrong a year later, but that's not the previous owner's fault.
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Re: The roof needs a repair

Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:38 am

I was going to say something similar. Stateside, it's SOP to get the property inspected prior to finalizing a home purchase. It's meant to catch things like this to protect the new owners(/would-be owners).

And of course IANAL, but from a few quick searches it looks like there should have been an inspection (survey) as part of the purchase process (England and Wales is the jurisdiction). If a bad roof was missed by the buyer's lender/surveyor/solicitor, caveat emptor. Sure, knowing that the roof needed repair might have changed the buyers' offer, but that's why inspections/surveys are conducted.

AND at some point the new owners have to accept that owning a home means they are responsible for repairs and routine maintenance.
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Re: The roof needs a repair

Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:37 am

Ask a lawyer, not randos on some forum.
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