Q: Real estate - buyer threatens to sue on the grounds on incomplete information before sale of property
I sold a property two months ago.. the property was inspected thoroughly and signed off by the community inspector 2 days before the sale deed was closed. I also replaced any/all damaged items and got the property cleaned. Additionally, I also informed the buyer (before the sale deed closed) via email that there was flooding in the basement during severe rains.
After buying the property the buyer noticed some water in the basement and has threatened to sue me. What is the best course of action for me
A: You don’t say what the buyer has done to “threaten” to sue you, so I can’t address that. There isn’t anything for you to do unless and until the buyer files a lawsuit against you. In the mean time, don’t reply to any emails, voicemails, phone calls, text messages or to anything on social media. If you accidentally end up on the phone with the buyer, just be pleasant, say you can’t talk (without giving a reason), say “good bye”, and hang up. I say the above assuming that you provided the buyer with the appropriately completed Seller Disclosure Statement required by law before the agreement of sale was signed by the buyer. If you did not comply with the Seller Disclosure law, you should continue not to be in contact with the buyer, but engage or consider engaging a local attorney who practices residential real estate litigation to help you.
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