Bridgeview, IL asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado

Q: What is a liability for really old sewer lines that are still functional?

I'm selling my really old house, the pipes are 100 year old clay. We live next to a university whose land are pipes cross. They burst on their property twice and have been repaired and replaced, but from that point on it is still the original pipe to the house. Well they haven't taken any legal or official action, they threatened us with liens on our property if our pipes burst on their property again. Our neighbors and I had plans to move the line before I decided to sell so everybody knows about the pipe. Do I need to replace or move the pipes before I can sell, or is it something I even need to disclose because they are still functioning properly? I don't want to be liable for those pipes after I sell the house

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Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby
  • Castle Rock, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Disclosure is your best answer here. You don't have to fix the pipes if you disclose. Not fixing and not disclosing is risky.

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