Staten Island, NY asked in Real Estate Law for New York

Q: If an licensed inspector inspects a home finds nothing wrong can the buyers still submit bill for repairs after closing?

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Peter Klose
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Peter Klose
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  • Nyack, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Don't understand the question. If the house "closed" it closed, and the buyers would be fixing it themselves.

If the contract called for certain repairs, then the Seller would be paying.

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Mitchell A. Nathanson
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Mitchell A. Nathanson
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  • Garden City, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The inspection is not relevant. Any post-closing bills would be subject to a survival agreement (or an escrow agreement). Absent such an agreement, the buyer is responsible for all post-closing repairs. The best person to speak with about the issue would be the lawyer who represented you at the closing.

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Barry E. Janay
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  • Florham Park, NJ
  • Licensed in New York

A: If they bought the home "as is" which is the way most people in NY buy homes the time to demand the repairs would be prior to closing, if that didn't happen then the buyer is responsible. That is unless they can prove that the defect was a known condition that was hidden by the seller.

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