Longwood, FL asked in Real Estate Law for Florida

Q: Purchased pre-existing home in April 2015. Recently found structural roof issues. Can we pursue sellers for replacement?

Sellers offered to reshingle roof before sale as home inspector found roof was needed. Also passed home owners insurance inspection after reshingled . Now we have leak/rot & possible structural damage. We called the original roofer that re-shingled before sale & he stated he advised previous homeowners of the damage but they said they would have someone else fix which was never done nor was it disclosed. We are in process of having to contact GC for possible structural damage and low quote so far is $8700. Is anyone else liable for the knowledge of and/or approving the home for sale? We were also advised not to file home owners claim. Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks - Anita G

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Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
  • Deltona, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You will have to have a full discussion with a local attorney about this. It would be best to get someone who knows both real estate and construction. The problem is that you will have to pay an attorney to sue, and that comes with no promises other than the attorney will do his best. Find out how much hiring an attorney will be as well as effecting the necessary repairs.

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