Tempe, AZ asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona

Q: I sold home. New owners parked an RV in backyard in which a water pipe broke. New owner says we should now pay repairs.

We never had heavy weight autos in yard. Never had a water break before. A neighbor told the new owners we did have a water break in past. Which is false.new owners say we failed to disclose it. We never had a break. What can we do?

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Stephen J Gonzalez
Stephen J Gonzalez
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Tell them "no" as having no factual or legal basis for a claim against you.

It sounds like they caused their own leak but it is likely that you did not warrant any physical condition of your former home past the time escrow closed. The usual warranty in the sale agreement is that everything is in good working order at the time of possession or close of escrow, whichever is first.

It appears that the leak is part of the new owner's responsibility.

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