Lake Wales, FL asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio

Q: Hello I had hired a real estate broker to sell my property. He knew the place and been empty for 2 years.

He turned the water on for inspection(knowing it might have frozen or busted water pipes)He had the water company turn the water on without planning on being there for several hours. There was over $4000 in water damage plus I will have to replace the flooring. Do I have a case? Can he be made to pay for repairs?

I did have have any property insurance on the property.

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2 Lawyer Answers

Joseph Jaap

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Yes, you can sue the real estate broker or his agency. First, file a claim with your home insurance and they might make a claim against the broker. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney in OH who can review the situation and possibly work out a settlement with the broker.

James J. Hux

  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: You could potentially have a case against him based on negligence or a breach of duty. The only way to know for sure is to contact an attorney and discuss your situation in more detail.

Attorney James J. Hux

Hux Law Firm, LLC

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