Attleboro, MA asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island

Q: Question around seller protections in Rhode Island after closing a home

We sold a home earlier this year and disclosed that the garage had flooded. We also said that we asked the home builder to come fix it (since the home was newly built) which he did. It never flooded again after the work he did so to us it was fixed.

We closed on the sale earlier this year. Now we have the new owner messaging us that there was still flooding in the garage. In the message they want to talk over the phone but I think they are just fishing for financial compensation. Given that we disclosed the garage flooding, are we protected? Thanks

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Albin Moser
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  • Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: You are protected. Caveat emptor, let the buyer beware. The risk of flooding is something that the buyer took on when the buyer bought the property. The buyer has no case against you. The buyer might have a case against the builder if there is something wrong with the construction and the construction was less than six (6) years ago.

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