Bridgewater, NJ asked in Consumer Law for New Jersey

Q: I'm selling my house & the buyer says if I don't give them 15k towards repairs they will back out. Isn't this blackmail

We already have a contract signed by us both. I gave them 25k off the selling price

for any repairs. Now they want a new roof. Nothing wrong with roof. No leaks or dried up. If I don't give them 15k they will pull out. My house was off the market 2 months while they got their loans etc.Isn't this blackmail & what can I do.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Michael Millar
Michael Millar
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: It depends on what your contract states. If the contract permitted the buyer to make inspections and demand repairs, then they are entitled to make such demands. You may, on the other hand, make the repairs yourself in which case they could not cancel.

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