Q: Can I be sued for $19000 because the basement gets water in it sometimes?
Sold my home “as is” and now I’m being sued by the buyers because when it rains hard water comes into the basement.
A: Yes, you can be sued. Indeed, you know that because apparently. You have been sued. If you knew and concealed a latent defect. You can also lose, potentially with treble damages, punitive damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees, depending on where. You need a lawyer now.
A: "Can" someone be sued for a claim based on a problem with real estate? Yes, people can be sued for all sorts of reasons. Some claims can be dismissed or resolved before they get to trial, other claims go to trial and the chances of winning or losing depends very heavily on the specific facts of the case.
Very generally speaking, in Maryland a seller has no obligation to fix up a house if they are selling it "as is" but they do have an obligation to disclose hidden defects. An online post cannot realistically determine whether a particular lawsuit has a valid basis or likelihood of success. You are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice to review any pending litigation. You may want to seek out someone who regularly litigates real estate disputes in whatever county the lawsuit is pending in.
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